Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sane Will Get Warm Welcome at Former Club

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sane Will Get Warm Welcome at Former Club

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WHILE Schalke are proud of what their former player Leroy Sane has achieved since he left for City in 2016, they'll still be looking to ruin his homecoming in the Champions League knock-out stages tomorrow.

Sane spent a total of eight years at Schalke in two spells and rose through the youth ranks before making his senior debut at the age of 18.

The German winger then went on to play 57 games for the Royal Blues, scoring 13 times and making eight assists, before departing for City in the summer of 2016 for £45m.

Sane has continued to improve in Manchester and has developed into one of the best wide players in the world, contributing a staggering 76 goals in 118 games.

"Every Schalke supporter is happy to see him play again, even though it's for the wrong team," Schalke captain Ralf Faehrmann said.

"Every Schalke and German football fan should be proud of him. He played a fantastic season last year."

Former City centre-back Matija Nastasic also claimed Sane would be in for a warm welcome.

He said: "Leroy is great player and person and he is always welcome in Gelsenkirchen and this time will be no different."

While Sane's former team-mates are proud of what he has accomplished in England, there won't be any respite when City travel to the VELTINS-Arena but they know they must be at their best to deal with a rampant City.

Faehrmann added: "City is a great team. We have to go beyond our borders, over-perform and City must have not their best day.

"In football, everything is possible. We need to be calm and wait for the tiny moments - counter-attacks, corners and other set pieces."

Sane's fellow German international, Mark Uth, also warned against the perils of sitting back against City.

"We play at home and the round of 16 in the Champions League is something special for everybody," he said.

Every German should be Ralf on Leroy "We need to fight, but also to play football. …

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