Pep Guardiola is confident he will be able to count on Leroy Sane’s services for Manchester City next season despite interest from Bayern Munich.
After struggling for regular starting opportunities at City last season, Sane has the option to join Bayern this summer.
The Bavarians view him as the best candidate to help fill the void left by veteran wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, whom both left the Allianz Arena once their contracts had expired last month.
Although Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge conceded last week that they are still waiting for an answer from Sane on whether or not he will join them.
But the German winger has reported back for City’s pre-season tour in China and starred in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over West Ham United in Nanjing.
Now, Guardiola has reiterated his desire to keep Sane at the Etihad Stadium.
“The club made him an offer last year. As I said many times, we want people happy to be here. We are going to help him to be the best,” said Guardiola, according to Football365.
“We know his potential and what his level is. He has a special quality difficult to find around the world.
“He knows, they all know, it’s difficult (to play regularly) because of the quality we have.
“But, at the same time, I spoke to the club 10 times (to say) I want people here to be happy. If they don’t want, they go. The desire to have him to be with us is always there.”
When asked for confirmation on if Sane will stay, the Citizens boss replied: “I answered the question, and I was really clear.”
David Silva, Lukas Nmecha and a Raheem Sterling double secured City victory in their Premier League Asia Trophy opener despite Mark Noble’s 26th-minute penalty putting West Ham ahead.
Sane and City will next meet Wolves in the final this Saturday in Shanghai.