Ilkay is up­beat

Ger­man sure Man City’s Sane with thrive

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - PREMIER­SHIP

BY JOHN DOWNES / Ilkay Gun­do­gan is con­fi­dent that com­pa­triot Leroy Sane will be­come a vi­tal player for Manch­ester City once he has fully adapted to English foot­ball.

Sky Blues mid­fielder Gun­do­gan, 26, has found adapt­ing to his new sur­round­ings eas­ier than fel­low Ger­many in­ter­na­tional Sane since they moved to the north west from Borus­sia Dort­mund and Schalke, re­spec­tively, this sum­mer.

The 20-year-old winger Sane has been pro­vided with few op­por­tu­ni­ties to live up to his £42mil­lion price tag by Pep Guardi­ola, mak­ing just four starts in all com­pe­ti­tions so far this cam­paign.

Gun­do­gan, on the other hand, has made an im­me­di­ate im­pact fol­low­ing his move, scor­ing an im­pres­sive five goals in 11 games from mid­field.

How­ever, Gelsenkirchen-born Gun­do­gan has lit­tle doubt that Sane will even­tu­ally over­come his dif­fi­cult start to life at the Eti­had Stadium.

“It is only nor­mal that Leroy is still find­ing his feet at Manch­ester City,” Gun­do­gan told Kicker.

“I think Leroy has the char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity to cope with this sit­u­a­tion. He is con­fi­dent and is well aware of his own qual­i­ties.

“You can see that he is still a bit shy, but he is still only 20. I went through a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion when I joined Dort­mund from Nurn­berg, so I know how he feels.

“He will do his own thing and he will do so here at Manch­ester City as well.

“I am giv­ing him all the sup­port he needs.’

City - who sit in third po­si­tion in the Premier League ta­ble with 24 points from 11 games - next face Crys­tal Palace at Sel­hurst Park on Satur­day, Novem­ber 19.

Manch­ester City’s Ilkay Gun­do­gan cel­e­brates his goal dur­ing their Uefa Cham­pi­ons League match against Barcelona on Novem­ber 1. /REUTERS

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