In his first season back in the German top flight, having joined Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the summer of 2020, Leroy Sane became a Bundesliga champion for the very first time. And not the last, if the Germany winger can do anything about it.
Sane's first Bundesliga crown now goes into his collection alongside two English Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups picked up while playing at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Although Bayern had their eyes on defending their treble from 2019/20, Sane says he is satisfied with his first season’s haul.
"It's always special to win a league title," Sane told a media roundtable on Wednesday. "It's not easy. When you win it once you get a taste for it and it makes you hungry for more. I came here to win titles and we did it this season. I'm very happy about that and it was a special day on the weekend against Gladbach.
"It took me a while to get used to everything new here, but overall, I'm pleased that I could stay healthy and I'm happy that we won a title. In general, I'm happy because I had a bad injury before last season and because of Corona, it was difficult to come back and get my rhythm back and confidence on the pitch. I just tried to get as much as I could in training. There's two games left now and then we'll prepare for the Euros."
There's a busy summer ahead with Sane expected to be part of the Germany squad which will take part in the rescheduled 2020 UEFA European Championships in Joachim Löw's final tournament as head coach.
But there are already major changes coming at the Allianz Arena. Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick as head coach to start the 2021/22 campaign, joining from RB Leipzig - Bayern's nearest pursuers in the Bundesliga this season.
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And Sane is excited to work with Nagelsmann, with the same goals and expectations in mind.
"While he's young for a coach, he’s done a really good job,” Sane said. "I'm excited because it's a new chapter again but we have a little bit of time until then and there are a few other things we have to stay focussed on."
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