Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sane's Chat with Fan Is the Stuff of Legend

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sane's Chat with Fan Is the Stuff of Legend

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LEROY Sane has had a chat with a Manchester City fan that could just help him become a true club legend.

The 21-year-old Germany international, along with teammate Ilkay Gundogan, visited committed Blues fan Sean Riley as part of the club's big end-of-season thank you to their supporters. And the message that Sean gave him about what it means to be a part of City might just have given Sane the kind of insight that helped turn Pablo Zabaleta into such a City legend.

Chadderton man Riley has missed just one City game in 28 years - and that was because Uefa banned fans from the Champions League game at CSKA Moscow.

He was picked out as one of several fans deserving of a visit, and Sane and Gundogan were chosen to surprise him on his own doorstep.

Sane was like any young footballer on the way to the visit, fiddling with his phone and not sure what it was all about.

But when the City TV crew took Gundogan into the kitchen for an interview, leaving Sane on the sofa with Riley, something happened that will have Pep Guardiola's stamp of approval.

Riley talked to the youngster about his passion for the club, and for Seventies hero Dennis Tueart in particular.

And before long, the kitchen interview was being interrupted by the sound of Sane and Sean getting on like a house on fire.

On the way back to the CFA, Sane was clearly energised by the visit, and that He has missed game in 28 was a very and it was a link with the support.

to meet Leroy "It was really nice to meet a proper City fan - it was the first time I had met a real, proper fan," said the flying winger.

"He has missed only one game in 28 years and that's really impressive. He was a very good guy, a funny guy, and it was a pleasure to meet him."

City's purpose in staging the visits was to try to bring the fans and the players closer together - that is something central to Guardiola's plan of taking the club forward.

Said Sean: "When I had the chance to talk to Leroy I was interested to know his reasons for joining the club, as he would clearly have had the chance to sign for lots of top clubs around Europe.

"He made it clear it was all about Pep.

"For me last season wasn't a disaster - I think Pep got things wrong but I could see a bigger picture. …

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