The Allianz Arena chief said the winger’s grace period has expired and challenged him to become a “key player” under Julian Nagelsmann.
Hasan Salihamidzic has warned Leroy Sane that his “stabilization year is over” and he expects the Bayern Munich star to improve considerably next season.
Sane sealed a € 60million (£ 51million / $ 72million) transfer to Bayern from Manchester City in July 2020, ending one of the oldest transfer sagas in recent memory.
The German winger failed to justify such high fees in his first year at the Allianz Arena, having needed more time to get back into top form after surgery on a cruciate ligament injury in the knee.
What was said?
Bayern sporting director Salihamidzic was not surprised that Sane struggled to stay consistent after such a long absence from the pitch, but has now challenged him to secure a regular place in the squad under management from new head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
“Leroy had a year off with injury,” said Allianz Arena chief Kicker. “In his first season with us he showed some good games, now we expect him to be a key player and support the team.
“The year of stabilization is over. I have great confidence in him, even though he has a different character from the other players. A year of truth awaits him, and he will have all the support of us all.”
Sane’s record at Bayern
Sane made 44 appearances in all competitions in his debut season at Bayern, helping them clinch a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.
The 25-year-old also contributed 10 goals and 12 assists, but found himself in and out of the squad amid stiff competition for places alongside Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry.
How was Sane’s performance at Euro 2020?
Sane’s disappointing form continued into Germany’s European Championship campaign, with his last outing coming in a 2-2 draw against Hungary.
The former City star made his first start of the tournament in the decisive Group F game after substitute appearances against France and Portugal, replacing injured Thomas Muller but wasted a number of clear openings in the last third.
Joachim Low is now under pressure to abandon Sane for his side’s last 16 clashes with England as they tried to organize a quarter-final draw against either Sweden or Ukraine.