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Sane reacts after ‘shock’ sub against Bayer Leverkusen

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Leroy Sane admits he was surprised at being substituted against Bayer Leverkusen but holds no grudges against manager Hansi Flick.

Leroy Sane maintains he has “the full trust” of Bayern boss Hansi Flick after he was taken off against Bayer Leverkusen.

The German was handed his 16th appearance for Bayern since moving to Allianz Arena from Manchester City over the summer.

Sane was introduced to the action in the 32nd minute after Kingsley Coman was forced off through injury, with the German champions 1-0 down to a Patrick Schick volley at the time.

The ex-City man played a key role in Bayern’s equalizer just before the interval which led to Lewandowski’s goal.

However, Sane was unable to influence the game more and was eventually taken off by Hansi Flick in the 68th minute.

Flick was quick to defend his decision: “If you see the second half, Thomas Muller is indispensable, Serge Gnabry improved in the second half, that’s why I substituted Leroy Sane. There was no other option,” the Bayern boss said post-match.

However, Sane says he has no intention of dwelling on that incident and is only looking forward to the second half of the season.

“The substitution came as a surprise to me at first – I didn’t know it like that. But that also happens once,” Sane told Bild.

“I feel the full trust of the team and I’m totally at ease with FC Bayern. I am my biggest critic myself and know how to classify the fact that I was not able to use my capabilities recently. But that will change.

“I will do everything I can to repay the club’s trust in me.”