Bayern Munich's superstar summer signing Leroy Sane was officially presented at the Allianz Arena on Thursday, on the same day that the Bundesliga and DFB Cup winners were back in training ahead of the UEFA Champions League’s return in August.
It was a move that Bayern have since confirmed they had been working on for over a year and for the 21-year-old winger, it was a transfer for which he felt support from the entire Bayern squad and in particular, Germany and now club teammate, Joshua Kimmich.
"The most annoying was Joshua Kimmich," Sane said at a press conference on Thursday when asked who had been in his ear the most about the move. "He would've loved to call me every day and ask what the situation was. Everyone was behind the transfer and that was the decisive factor.
"Ultimately, the transfer happened relatively quickly. I spoke to Hasan [Salihamidzic] and we quickly came to an agreement, so things moved very quickly. Even though it's before the Champions League, so that I can settle in without any stress."
Although Sane's move comes before the return of the UEFA Champions League, the Germany international will not be able to compete in the remainder of this season's competition for Bayern.
The 2013 winners will face Chelsea in the second leg of their last 16 tie on 8 August, defending a 3-0 first leg lead, with a quarter-final place against either Napoli or Barcelona up for grabs. For Sane, though, the move – in which he has joined Bayern on a five-year deal – is about the future.
"Winning the Champions League is generally difficult," Sane explained. "Bayern has done it a few times. I was looking for something new, a new attraction. It was clear to me that if I made a move, it would be a club that could win the Champions League." Sane said. "That's Bayern, 100 percent. The team is at a top level and Hansi Flick has done a very good job.
"You can see on the pitch that everyone is having fun, so that was the right decision for me. I just want to help the team win games and achieve our goals."
Although unable to help his new team for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, Sane could make his first appearance in a Bayern shirt in a friendly against Marseille on 31 July.