Samy Sane, father of forward Leroy Sane, has responded to comments made by a Schalke 04 official that his son won’t be leaving the German side during the January transfer window.
Speaking to Bild [as per Goal], the club’s supervisory board chairman Clemens Tonnie insisted earlier this week that the starlet wouldn’t be leaving the Bundesliga during the summer, and that the player himself had no interest in moving on.
“Leroy won’t be leaving,” the club administrator began, “and the player doesn’t want to leave Schalke.
“For the time being, we’ve not received any formal offers, if there is a concrete offer for Leroy, it just confirms the exceptional youth work we’re doing at Schalke.”
While Tonnie’s comments might have damped hopes at Liverpool and Manchester City that either of those two heavyweights could sign the wonderkid.
Bild [via the Telegraph] have reported that Jurgen Klopp is keen on bringing his compatriot to Anfield, while Bild also noted that Manchester City were eyeing the attacker, and are considering a move of €55 million to make the player the most expensive German of all time.
Responding to Tonnie’s comments, Sane senior has indicated that his son is yet to decide whether he leaves or not, and has urged the 19-year-old to decide his own future.
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“Of course I’m proud when my son is getting attention with his good performances,” the 54-year-old former footballer began, as per Bild. “However, I don’t want to say anything about the alleged offer from Manchester City or whoever.
“If he needs my advice, he can always come to we – we talk to each other a lot. However, Leroy is of legal age and is old enough to do his own thing and to decide what he wants to do.
“He knows that I always stand behind him.”