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Guardiola: Sané to leave Manchester City

London, Jun 19 (efe-epa).- Leroy Sané will not renew his contract with Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola confirmed in a press conference Friday.

Guardiola said he expected the German international to leave the club at the end of the season, or next summer. The attacking midfielder has been sidelined this season with a knee ligament injury sustained back in August.

He has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich.

“Leroy said he doesn’t want to extend his contract,” Guardiola said.

“It means he wants to leave. So that will happen this summer or at the end of his contract.

“The club offered two or three times and he rejected it. He wants to play at another club.”

Sané, 24, arrived at City from Schalke 04 in 2016 following a deal worth 50 million euros ($56m).

In 134 appearances for the Manchester club, Sané, who can play as a winger or attacking midfielder, has scored 39 goals and assisted 45.

City’s Catalan manager said he was disappointed to see the player go.

“When we make an offer to a player it’s because we want him. He has a special quality that is difficult to find.”

“We tried before his injury and now and he has other wishes. We want players who want to play with the club to achieve targets,” he added in a press conference before Man. City’s game against Burnley on Monday.

“We respect him. He is a nice guy, a special player and I love him so much. I have nothing against him — but he wants another adventure.

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