Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - LIAM CORLESS

LEROY Sane has re­sponded to Toni Kroos’ crit­i­cism say­ing if he plays bad it isn’t be­cause he doesn’t care.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Septem­ber in­ter­na­tional break, Real Madrid mid­fielder Kroos ap­peared to ques­tion the City star’s at­ti­tude.

“Some­times you have the feel­ing with Leroy’s body lan­guage that it is all the same whether we win or lose,” Kroos said. “He has to im­prove his body lan­guage. He’s a player who has ev­ery­thing you need to be a world-class player but some­times you have to tell him he has to per­form bet­ter.”

Sane, who has been in Joachim Loew’s two most re­cent squads af­ter miss­ing out on the World Cup with Ger­many, has now ad­dressed Kroos’ re­marks.

“If I play bad, then it’s not like I don’t care,” Sane said ahead of Ger­many’s trip to the Nether­lands to­mor­row. “I al­ways want us to win our games. It’s OK for me that it might look dif­fer­ent for other peo­ple. I also re­spect it when crit­i­cism is ad­dressed per­son­ally. I’ll then try to work on it.

“I don’t have any prob­lem with crit­i­cism. It’s an in­cen­tive to re­fine my­self.

“Sure, I was dis­ap­pointed when I heard that I wasn’t in the World Cup squad, but it mo­ti­vated me even more and as I al­ready said - I want to show ev­ery­one what I’ve got.

“I al­ways try to en­joy the time on the field and to learn some­thing when I play. I learned a lot in the last months.”

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