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‘We’ll kick his butt if necessary’ – Bayern president cautions Sane

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The big-money summer signing has been sent a stern wake up call as he struggles to deliver up to the expectations for the European champions.

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly criticized Leroy Sane after a string of substandard displays from the player.

Sane was expected to significantly improve the team’s attack by being an additional source of goals alongside Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry following his €50 million transfer from Manchester City over the summer.

The winger, however, has been quite unimpressive so far, and it appears he is starting to go out of favor under Hansi Flick.

He was brought at minute 32 to replace the injured Coman in the 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen and then subbed off less than 40 minutes later.

The 24-year-old expressed ‘shock’ over his untimely substitution after the match, and the club president suggests Sane isn’t quite yet at the level to play for the Bundesliga and Champions League holders.  

Rummenigge told  SPORT1: “Leroy was not happy [to be taken off], that’s clear and understandable. God gave him incredible talents. I only believe one thing: he has not yet reached this FC Bayern gene.

“He has to take the next step, Leroy has to adapt his character to FC Bayern. This character is: you forgive everything, but you have to give the impression that you are throwing everything into the balance in order to leave the field as the winner. He will have to learn that.

“I believe that he can have a big future at FC Bayern. We are ready to help him, to encourage him, but he also has to challenge himself in order to get to where he can be. We will, if necessary, kick his butt to get him there.”