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Leroy Aziz Sané (French pronunciation: , German pronunciation: ; born 11 January 1996) is a German professional footballer who plays as a winger and as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the German national team. He made his professional debut for Schalke 04 in 2014 and transferred to Manchester City in 2016 for an initial £37 million fee. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017–18 after helping City win the Premier League and EFL Cup.
Sané with Germany in 2018
|Full name||Leroy Aziz Sané|
|Date of birth||(1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 23)|
|Place of birth||Essen, Germany|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Winger, Attacking midfielder|
|2001–2005||SG Wattenscheid 09|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:18, 13 March 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:33, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
Leroy Aziz Sané (French pronunciation: [ləʁwa sane], German pronunciation: [ˈliːʁɔʏ zaˈneː]; born 11 January 1996) is a German professional footballer who plays as a winger and as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the German national team.
He made his professional debut for Schalke 04 in 2014 and transferred to Manchester City in 2016 for an initial £37 million fee. He was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017–18 after helping City win the Premier League and EFL Cup.
Sané made his senior international debut for Germany in November 2015 and was part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.
Leroy Sané was born on 11 January 1996 in Essen, Germany, the son of Senegal international footballer Souleyman Sané and German Olympic gymnast Regina Weber. His father met his mother while playing professionally for SG Wattenscheid 09. Leroy Sané grew up in Wattenscheid and went to secondary school in nearby Gelsenkirchen. His two brothers, Kim and Sidi, have played for the youth side or second XI of major German football clubs.
Sané began playing football in 2001 for the youth team of SG Wattenscheid 09. In 2005, he joined Schalke 04. Three years later, he joined Bayer Leverkusen. In 2011, Sané returned to the youth academy (Nachwuchsleistungszentrum) of Schalke 04.
On 21 March 2014, Sané signed a three-year professional contract with Schalke 04 extending until 30 June 2017. He made his Bundesliga debut on 20 April 2014 against VfB Stuttgart. He replaced Max Meyer after 77 minutes in a 3–1 away defeat. He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–1 home defeat to 1. FC Köln on 13 December. On 11 March 2015, Sané scored in his first UEFA Champions League match in a 4–3 victory over Real Madrid, although his side were knocked out of the competition on 5–4 aggregate.
On 2 August 2016, Sané joined Premier League club Manchester City, signing a five-year contract for a reported £37 million transfer fee, with performance-related add-ons potentially making the fee £46.5 million. He made his debut in a 1–2 win, in the Manchester derby against Manchester United, on 10 September. His first goal for City came in a 2–1 win against Arsenal at home in the Premier League, on 18 December. Following a spell on the sidelines due to injury, Sané made his return in a game against Tottenham Hotspur and scored in a 2–2 draw at the City of Manchester Stadium on 21 January 2017. On 28 January, he scored in a 3–0 away win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round match. On 21 February, he scored in a 5–3 comeback win over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg match. On 1 March, he scored in a 5–1 home win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round replay match. Four days later, on 5 March, he scored in a 2–0 away win over Sunderland. On 15 March, he scored in the return fixture of the UEFA Champions League match against Monaco, but City lost 1–3, knocking them out from the tournament on the away goals rule. On 2 April, he scored the opening goal in an eventual 2–2 draw with Arsenal. On 15 April, he scored in a 3–0 win over Southampton.
In July 2017, Sané revealed he believed his debut season at City had been limited by his inability to breathe through his nose. He said he particularly suffered during matches, with his constantly blocked nose hampering his performance and causing him intense frustration. He opted to have corrective surgery during the off-season break. Although this caused him to miss that year's FIFA Confederations Cup, he said his chronic nasal congestion was becoming increasingly unbearable for him and that he wished to enter the next season feeling happy and healthy.
On 9 September 2017, Sané scored his first two goals of the 2017–18 season in City's 5–0 home win against Liverpool. On 20 September, he scored twice in a 2–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion in the third round match of the League Cup. On 23 September, he scored in a 5–0 win over Crystal Palace. On 14 October, he scored in a 7–2 win over Stoke City. On 21 October, he scored in a 3–0 win over Burnley. On 28 October, he scored in a 3–2 away win over West Bromwich Albion. After scoring and assisting once in each of his three matches, he earned the Premier League Player of the Month award for October 2017. On 6 January 2018, he scored in a 4–1 win in the FA Cup third round over Burnley. On 14 January, he scored in a 4–3 defeat to Liverpool. Nine days later, on 23 January, he scored in a 3–2 away win over Bristol City, securing advancement into the League Cup final, in which he played 77 minutes before being substituted off as City won 3–0 over Arsenal to clinch their first trophy under Pep Guardiola. On 1 March, five days following the win in the final, he scored against Arsenal in a 3–0 league away win. On 31 March, he scored in a 3–1 away win over Everton, putting City just a win away from winning the league title. On 29 April, he scored in a 4–1 away win over West Ham United.
Sané was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year for his part in Manchester City's 2017–18 Premier League title win, edging teammates Raheem Sterling and Ederson, as well as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. With 15 assists, Sané just missed out on winning the inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season award to fellow teammate Kevin De Bruyne.
On 15 September 2018, Sané scored the opening goal and his first of the 2018–19 season in City's 3–0 home win against Fulham. He later scored the final goal in consecutive home match wins over Burnley and Southampton. On 24 November, Sané assisted a first-half goal for Sterling and scored a brace in a 4–0 away win over West Ham United.
On 3 January 2019, he scored the winning goal for Manchester City in the 72nd minute of the game against Liverpool, which resulted in Liverpool's unbeaten run in the English Premier League coming to an end.
On 21 February 2019, Manchester City were 2-1 down in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Sané's former club, Schalke 04, playing with only 10 men after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off on 68 minutes. Sané equalized the score with a stunning free kick from just under 30 yards only 7 minutes after being substituted for Sergio Aguero. He chose not to celebrate out of respect for his former club. City went on to win the game 2-3 with the winning goal scored by Raheem Sterling.
On 13 March 2019, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Schalke 04, Sané put in an incredible performance with 3 assists and a goal to contribute to Manchester City's 7-0 victory against his former club, sending City to the quarter finals of the competition.
Sané was first called up to the Germany under-21 team by youth coach Horst Hrubesch on 28 August 2015 for the friendly against Denmark and for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan. On 3 September 2015, he made his debut for the German U21 side in a 2–1 win at Stadion an der Lohmühle in Lübeck against Denmark, where he was replaced after 73 minutes by Julian Brandt.
Sané received his first senior call-up to the German senior team on 6 November 2015 in a friendly against France. On 13 November 2015, he was substituted in the 61st-minute for Julian Draxler in a friendly match against France in Saint-Denis, in what would be a 2–0 defeat for the Germans, overshadowed by shootings and explosions around the stadium.
Sané was selected by Germany boss Joachim Löw to represent the country at UEFA Euro 2016. He participated in one match, replacing Bastian Schweinsteiger on 79 minutes in Germany's 2–0 semi-final defeat to France.
Sané was eligible to play for France because he holds French citizenship.
Sané was omitted from Germany's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 4 June 2018. In September 2018, after he was selected for the squad to face games against France and Peru, he left the team hotel after a discussion with Joachim Löw, citing "personal reasons" as his cause for leaving. It was later revealed that the reason for leaving was due to the birth of his daughter.
Sané is the son of former German rhythmic gymnast, the 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medalist Regina Weber and former footballer and Senegalese international Souleymane Sané. Souleymane Sané was raised in France; he moved to Germany through his service in the French Army. Leroy Sané was born in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and raised near the Lohrheidestadion, Wattenscheid. He was named Leroy in honor of Claude Le Roy, a former head coach of his father. He has dual German and French citizenship.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Manchester City||2016–17||Premier League||26||5||5||2||2||0||4||2||—||37||9|
|1||15 November 2018||Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2||19 November 2018||Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||2–0||2–2||2018–19 UEFA Nations League A|
|3||24 March 2019||Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||1–0||3–2||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
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