Leroy Sane at ‘crossroads of his career’ after World Cup snub says German legend

Leroy Sane is facing a decisive period in his career after seeing his World Cup dreams dashed, according to Germany legend Michael Ballack.

Former skipper Ballack is as baffled as most people by Germany boss Joachim Loew’s decision to axe Manchester City winger Sane from his plans for Russia.

The snub was a huge shock after Sane helped inspire City to the Premier League title, scoring 10 goals and setting up 15 more in his best ever season.


Ballack, a Betfair ambassador, said: “That is the question now, how he handles that knock.

“It would affect him personally more than it would the national team because the national team is settled.

“They are not relying just on Sane. There are a lot of good players.

“How he handles this now is the next step in his career. How he can deal with not being selected. It was a big dream to be part of that.

“It is up to Pep Guardiola now maybe to talk to him and sort things out in his head, if there are some things. We will see. Nobody really knows. It’s a disappointment for a young kid.

“Football-wise, I can’t understand the decision because Leroy Sane is an exceptional young player who had a huge development in the last season.

“He’s really quick and adapted well to the Premier League, and he is playing for a big club with big players and playing a very good role in that team.

“There are some rumours about some things but this is just speculation – the attitude in training, and the Confederations Cup that he wasn’t part of because of his operation.

“A coach has to decide how important that was, how angry he is. But there were no signs outside that he is doubtful or that he was a problem in the squad.

“That’s why it was so surprising for so many people.”

*Michael Ballack was speaking at the Betfair Road to Russia Preview

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