Hansi Flick has challenged Leroy Sane to improve his game if he is to hold down a starting spot as the Bayern Munich coach prepares to welcome back Serge Gnabry.

Germany winger Gnabry missed the 4-0 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid and the 5-0 Bundesliga thumping of Eintracht Frankfurt after testing positive for coronavirus.

However, the Munich health department declared on Sunday that the original test was a "false positive" and he is now in line to start Tuesday's trip to Lokomotiv Moscow.

"He is certainly an option for the starting line-up, as he always is when available," Flick said at Monday's pre-match news conference. 

"He did what he could while isolating at home. He's happy to be back and we're also happy that he's back."

Gnabry scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in the Bundesliga last season and began this season with a hat-trick in the 8-0 thrashing of Schalke.

Sane has made a positive start to life at Bayern since belatedly making his debut last month, meanwhile, scoring and assisting a combined four goals in three appearances.

That is behind just Robert Lewandowski (13 goals and assists) and Thomas Muller (seven), while his eight chances created is only bettered by Muller (18), Joshua Kimmich (10) and Gnabry (nine).

However, Sane faces a battle holding down a spot in Flick's favoured XI, although the German coach can see the ex-Manchester City attacker offering more in the long term.

"There is a lot of room for improvement," he said. "But he scored a good goal against Frankfurt with a type of goal that helps set him apart.

"We now have another option with Serge back. We have adjusted to each opponent and, regardless of who has played, the players have always been focused and played well."

Gnabry's return coincides with the loss of versatile wing-back Alphonso Davies, who is facing up to two months out after damaging his ankle ligaments in the Eintracht match.

"Losing players is part of competitive sport," Flick said. "You have to deal with stuff like this from time to time. 

"It is not a serious injury but he will still miss between six and eight weeks. He will come back stronger, I'm sure of that. It is our hope that he can pick up where he left off."

Bayern have won all nine of their Champions League games under Flick, netting 34 goals in the process, and are strong favourites heading into their clash with Lokomotiv.

But Flick is wary of writing off the Russian side, who have lost six of their past seven home matches in Europe but held Salzburg 2-2 away in their opening Group A fixture.

"They are one of the most consistent teams in the Russian league," he said. "They have a lot of players on the outside who are very good. 

"I liked some of them very much in the analysis, so we have to be careful. They are a team that knows how to act defensively - 2-2 against Salzburg is a good result."

Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick before Leroy Sane struck the goal of the game as Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Bundesliga.

In the latest instalment of his one-sided battle with defenders in the German top flight, it was a familiar story as Lewandowski came out on top, taking his haul to a startling 10 goals in five matches this season.

That is a Bundesliga record for this stage of the season, and last season's haul of 34 goals must already be in his sights after a perfect hat-trick.

Three days after Bayern beat Atletico Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League - a match in which Lewandowski left the scoring to others - the German champions were again irresistible at their Allianz Arena home. There was even a goal for 17-year-old substitute Jamal Musiala in the closing moments, to cap a fine team performance.

Lewandowski gave Bayern a 10th-minute lead, collecting a neat pass from the marauding Kingsley Coman and firing left-footed, low into the bottom right corner.

Although Eintracht had their moments, Bayern had Lewandowski. It was 2-0 in the 26th minute with the Poland striker again the scorer, this time producing a deft header from a right-wing corner, connecting near the penalty spot and sending the ball inside the left post.

He could not capitalise on chances to make it a first-half treble but the hat-trick was complete after an hour.

Douglas Costa's throughball was taken neatly in his stride by Lewandowski and, as two defenders converged, he found just enough time to adjust his feet and send a low shot wide of Kevin Trapp and into the right corner.

Bayern suffered an early setback when Alphonso Davies went down off the ball, clutching his ankle. His replacement, Lucas Hernandez, should have made it 4-0 but shot wastefully over from close range after being picked out by Coman.

The fourth soon came though and it was a super strike from Sane, cutting in from the right and curling an unstoppable 25-yard shot past Trapp. Musiala bundled the fifth with the last kick of the match.

What does it mean?

Eintracht were on an eight-match unbeaten run heading into this game, including their opening four of this Bundesliga campaign. But against the might of Bayern they were reduced to cannon fodder.

Bayern’s defeat to Hoffenheim four weeks ago could look terribly anomalous this season, because this was another performance that suggested it will be a procession to the title for Hansi Flick’s team.

Lethal Lewy

Five shots, four on target, three goals. Lewandowski makes goalscoring look terribly easy at times. Each finish was immaculate, and on this form, Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season will come under threat. He only had 31 touches in the entire game, but he is the man with the golden touch.

The defence rests

Eintracht’s back three simply were incapable of getting near enough to the man they knew they had to keep under wraps. Makoto Hasebe, at the heart of the backline, made just two tackles all day, and the way Lewandowski took a mile whenever he was given an inch reflected badly on the defensive unit.

Generous defending is hardly a new phenomenon in this fixture: Bayern had won each of their previous 12 competitive home games against Frankfurt, and by an aggregate 40-7 scoreline.

What's next?

Bayern are back on Champions League duty as they face Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday. Eintracht will welcome Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga next Saturday.

Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick before Leroy Sane struck the goal of the game as Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Bundesliga.

In the latest instalment of his one-sided battle with defenders in the German top flight, it was a familiar story as Lewandowski came out on top, taking his haul to a startling 10 goals in five matches this season.

That is a Bundesliga record for this stage of the season, and last season's haul of 34 goals must already be in his sights after a perfect hat-trick.

Three days after Bayern beat Atletico Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League - a match in which Lewandowski left the scoring to others - the German champions were again irresistible at their Allianz Arena home. There was even a goal for 17-year-old substitute Jamal Musiala in the closing moments, to cap a fine team performance.

Lewandowski gave Bayern a 10th-minute lead, collecting a neat pass from the marauding Kingsley Coman and firing left-footed, low into the bottom right corner.

Although Eintracht had their moments, Bayern had Lewandowski. It was 2-0 in the 26th minute with the Poland striker again the scorer, this time producing a deft header from a right-wing corner, connecting near the penalty spot and sending the ball inside the left post.

He could not capitalise on chances to make it a first-half treble but the hat-trick was complete after an hour.

Douglas Costa's throughball was taken neatly in his stride by Lewandowski and, as two defenders converged, he found just enough time to adjust his feet and send a low shot wide of Kevin Trapp and into the right corner.

Bayern suffered an early setback when Alphonso Davies went down off the ball, clutching his ankle. His replacement, Lucas Hernandez, should have made it 4-0 but shot wastefully over from close range after being picked out by Coman.

The fourth soon came though and it was a super strike from Sane, cutting in from the right and curling an unstoppable 25-yard shot past Trapp. Musiala bundled the fifth with the last kick of the match.

Leroy Sane could make his return from injury when Bayern Munich face Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend, Hansi Flick has confirmed.

Germany winger Sane has made just three appearances for Bayern since arriving from Manchester City in July in a deal potentially worth €60million.

The 24-year-old has been sidelined since being forced off in the second half of the 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on September 27 having suffered a right knee injury.

While Sane returned to team training on Thursday and is available for selection, Serge Gnabry will sit out Saturday's game at the Allianz Arena following his positive coronavirus test.

"Everyone is fit. Leroy Sane is in the squad. We are on the right track," said Flick on Friday.

"We're not planning to start him; we have to go step by step. We have to wait for the game, but he is an option. We are happy about it.

"Serge Gnabry will be out at the weekend. We have to wait and see [when he can return]. We are focused on Frankfurt with the players who are available to us."

Flick will be forced into a change in midfield with Corentin Tolisso suspended due to his red card in last weekend's 4-1 victory over Arminia Bielefeld.

In four Bundesliga appearances this season, Tolisso has already had as many shots on target (three) as he managed in 13 league outings last term. The France international is also averaging four more duels (up to 13 from nine) and duels won (up to eight from four) per 90 minutes than he did in 2019-20.

"You can feel that he's enjoying his football," said Flick. "Last season, he had problems with injuries and then didn't play too much.

"We sat down at the end of last season and talked. How he's playing now is how he played for Lyon. A weight has fallen off his shoulders; he's enjoying football.

"I'm glad he scored the goal; it gives him confidence. He has quality and good results shooting from long distance, but also in the box. He's also very strong."

Frankfurt are unbeaten in their past eight Bundesliga games, avoiding defeat in their opening four matches in a season for the first time since 2012-13.

However, Adi Hutter's side have lost each of their past 12 competitive away matches against Bayern, conceding 40 goals and scoring just seven.

Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane has been ruled out of the DFL-Supercup match against Borussia Dortmund with a knee injury.

Sane sustained the problem in Sunday's shock 4-1 away defeat to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

He will subsequently be missing for Wednesday's Klassiker contest with Dortmund, while David Alaba is a doubt and will be checked closer to kick-off due to a muscular injury.

Sane, who scored on his debut for the club against Schalke this month after signing from Manchester City, will also be out for Bayern's weekend league meeting with Hertha Berlin, their last game before the international break.

"David has muscular problems, so we have to wait and see how that develops," explained head coach Hansi Flick at his pre-match news conference.

"But Leroy is out - he has a capsule injury in his right knee and hopefully he will be back after the international break."

Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 in the 2019 Supercup, with Flick's men, who had won it in the previous three years, at home for this meeting as they look to bounce back from the Hoffenheim loss.

"Dortmund have a fantastic, young side and they also have experience in their ranks," said Flick.

"They play attractive, offensive football, which I like. This will be a test against one of Germany's best. This game will help to develop us.

"My team's mentality is absolutely outstanding. Maybe one or two of them are slightly tired, but they always give 100 per cent on the pitch.

"That was also the case in Hoffenheim, but unfortunately, we didn't do some things that well that day."

With Sane injured, Champions League final hero Kingsley Coman is in contention to join Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller in support of striker Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick said his side's 8-0 demolition of Schalke on the opening day of the Bundesliga season should serve as a benchmark for the rest of the campaign.

The reigning champions were in scintillating form against a hapless Schalke, storming into a 3-0 lead by half-time thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

It got even better for Bayern after the interval as Gnabry completed a hat-trick before Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala completed Schalke's misery.

While Flick was pleased his side laid down an ominous marker for the 2020-21 season, he still believes they should have scored more in the first half.

"We have had our first game but we need to take things slowly," he told reporters. "We played brilliantly but should have scored two, three, maybe four more goals in the first half.

"But it was important to show that we are on the right track this season as well. I am very satisfied with the performance. This is now a benchmark for both Gnabry and Sane and the whole team."

Sane - making his debut following his July move from Manchester City - felt he slotted in seamlessly with his new team-mates and was pleased with their appetite for goals.

"It felt very good to be on the pitch with the boys," Sane said. "It was a very good day. I feel completely at ease and knew that it would work out well with the team. Everyone was hungry. Everyone just wanted to attack and give full throttle."

Sane started his professional career at Schalke before his move to the Premier League in 2016 and he admitted to feeling sympathetic towards his former side after such a crushing defeat.

"Of course, I was at Schalke for a long time," he added. "To get such a defeat at the start of the season and it goes so haywire is difficult. I'm of course a little sorry."

Schalke have now failed to win in their last 17 Bundesliga games, with head coach David Wagner left to rue his side's "naive" approach against the domestic and European champions.

"That was bad," Wagner said. "We didn't play well; Bayern were outstanding. We have to shake ourselves now, accept this bitter defeat and show the reaction against Werder Bremen that we expect of ourselves.

"It was naive that we wanted to continue going forward after the fourth or fifth goal."

Bayern Munich started the defence of their Bundesliga title in ominous fashion as a Serge Gnabry hat-trick helped them to a stunning 8-0 win over Schalke at the Allianz Arena on Friday. 

A mere 26 days after winning the Champions League, Hansi Flick's side showed no signs of tiredness and powered into a fourth-minute lead thanks to Gnabry's superb strike.

That was added to by Leon Goretzka after 19 minutes before Robert Lewandowski swept home a third from the penalty spot shortly after the half-hour mark.

Gnabry completed his hat-trick with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half before Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane - making his debut following his July move from Manchester City - and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala completed Schalke's humiliation.

Bayern started in blistering fashion as Gnabry controlled Joshua Kimmich's long pass over the top, turned away from his marker with a deft turn and whipped a superb left-footed strike past Ralf Fahrmann from 18 yards.

Flick's side bamboozled Schalke's backline with relentless pressure and the hosts were unsurprisingly undone again shortly before the midway point of the first half when Goretzka slotted home from the edge of the penalty area after being picked out by Muller.

Lewandowski - who scored 55 goals in all competitions last season - opened his account for the 2020-21 campaign from the spot in the 31st minute after he had been brought down by Ozan Kabak, while Niklas Sule crashed an effort against the post shortly before the interval.

Bayern started the second half like they did the first, Gnabry slotting into an empty net two minutes after the restart after Sane had pushed the ball past an onrushing Fahrmann.

Sane was the provider again after 59 minutes, teeing up Gnabry to seal his hat-trick from 10 yards, while an outrageous rabona from Lewandowski set up Muller to add a sixth in the 69th minute, the 31-year-old's side-footed volley squirming underneath Fahrmann.

Sane capped a fine display with his first Bayern goal two minutes later, slotting past Schalke's woefully exposed goalkeeper after being played through by Kimmich, while substitute Musiala scored his first Bayern goal nine minutes from time to complete the nightmare for Schalke.

Kai Havertz's move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea is bad for the Bundesliga, according to Germany boss Joachim Low.

Germany allowed Havertz to leave their training camp in Stuttgart on Friday to complete a switch to Chelsea, where he signed a five-year contract.

The Blues also raided the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, with Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr having also arrived at Stamford Bridge as reinforcements for the 2020-21 season.

Low was disappointed to see Havertz leave the Bundesliga but hopes playing abroad can help him have a bigger impact with the national team.

"I see it as a negative when such great talents like Kai are no longer in the Bundesliga," Low told a news conference on Saturday.

"But I also see the positives. Abroad, the players develop their personalities.

"I think the time is right for Kai, and the same goes for Werner. If they take the next step that will of course help us too."

Havertz was an unused substitute in Germany's 1-1 draw with Spain in the Nations League on Thursday, with Low not playing him due to his Chelsea transfer not being completed at that point.

"Kai was torn. Kai would have been good for us in the second half against Spain, but I also knew his situation," said Low.

"He would have liked to have played for the national team, but in such situations, when a transfer is imminent, you have to be careful."

Germany will be without Havertz when they face Switzerland on Sunday but Low expects to have every other player available, having confirmed Leroy Sane did not suffer a muscle injury against Spain.

"Bernd Leno will be in goal. For everyone else, I'll wait for training," said Low.

"I told Leroy we weren't taking any risks. He did not suffer any muscular injuries, but it was not to be expected that he would last the 90 minutes.

"Switzerland's development has been very good since 2014, including as individuals. They are now one of the big players. I see parallels between Switzerland and Spain in terms of the style of play."

Leroy Sane has been warned to expect a "different pressure" at Bayern Munich by Mehmet Scholl.

Winger Sane has returned to Germany ahead of the 2020-21 season, joining Bayern from Manchester City in a deal that could reportedly rise to £54.8million.

Though the Germany international won two Premier League titles, a pair of EFL Cups and the FA Cup while at Pep Guardiola's City, he has moved to a Bayern side coming off a treble-winning season.

Scholl, who made 469 appearances for Bayern between 1992 and 2007, feels Sane, 24, needs to be aware of the expectations in his new environment.

"FC Bayern is a special club, there are special conditions," he told Bild.

"It's a different level, a different pressure. You have to be careful as a young player. 

"If you appear with a certain arrogance, it will be difficult."

Sane made his first start in 13 months on Thursday when he lined up for Germany in their 1-1 Nations League draw with Spain.

His previous start was for City in the Community Shield in August 2019, when Sane tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

He played just 11 minutes for City thereafter and Scholl accepts it will take him time to get back up to speed with his new club.

"A bit of body language and posture are still missing. You have to give him the time to integrate with Bayern," Scholl added.

"Then he can become a really big guy. The basic DNA can be enough for world class."

Joachim Low has confirmed Robin Gosens will make his Germany debut against Spain, while Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule will also start Thursday's Nations League clash.

Gosens has been included in Low's 22-man squad for the games with Spain and Switzerland after impressing for Atalanta last season in Serie A and the Champions League.

With Nico Schulz and Jonas Hector absent, the 26-year-old Gosens will slot straight into the side at left-back for Germany's first outing in 10 months.

Low also confirmed Sule and Sane will be part of the XI after recovering from long-term injuries, with the latter's last start coming in August 2019 for former club Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Kevin Trapp will deputise for Manuel Neuer in goal, with the majority of Bayern Munich's treble-winning squad being given time off after reaching the Champions League final.

"Robin Gosens will definitely be in the starting 11. He's in good form and has played well," Low said at Wednesday's pre-match news conference. 

"Kevin Trapp will be in goal. I'm also planning on starting Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule.

"I'm not sure whether we can make three or five subs. In any case, we have to look at the training rhythm and match fitness of the players. Not everyone can play 90 minutes."

Germany face a tough start to their Nations League campaign with Spain the visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart on Thursday, followed by a trip to Switzerland.

Despite the awkward timing of the fixtures, Low insisted his players will be well up for the Group A4 match against a Spain side unbeaten in their last 11 matches.

"The players are very motivated and that's very gratifying," he said. "Even if the timing is not ideal, it is good that things are going on again with us. 

"Even if there has been a change of coach in recent times, Spain are still playing at a very high level. 

"They don't play quite the way they used to. They can also cross and have long-distance shooters. They are good pressers and have set the benchmark." 

Bayern Munich and Germany star Leroy Sane believes he is still short of full fitness and match sharpness after a tumultuous year.

Sane completed a long-anticipated €60million move to Bayern in June, a switch from Manchester City delayed in large part by a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in the Community Shield encounter with Liverpool last August.

The 24-year-old's proposed comeback to competitive action was scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic, while an 11-minute substitute cameo in a 5-0 win over Burnley was the sum of his action between the resumption and the switch to Bavaria.

Having looked on as a keen spectator while his new team-mates wrapped up Champions League glory in Lisbon, Sane is itching for his Germany return when Die Mannschaft face Spain in the Nations League on Thursday.

"I'm doing very, very well," he told DFB.tv. "I think I'm at 80 per cent. The games and the rhythm are clearly missing. The last per cent will be added."

On what essentially amounts to a lost year in one of the most promising careers in European football, Sane reflected: "First the cruciate ligament rupture, then came the corona situation and, at the end, the move to Bayern Munich.

"It was a tough year, but a very, very good one to get to know myself even better personally."

Sane was a surprise omission from Germany's dismal 2018 World Cup campaign and won the last of his 21 caps in June 2019.

"Everyone is happy to come together again here to play football for the national team," he added.

Reported Chelsea target Kai Havertz is better than their former midfielder Michael Ballack, according to Ilkay Gundogan.

Bayer Leverkusen are said to be demanding at least €78million (£70m) for Havertz, who has scored 29 goals and supplied nine assists in the Bundesliga since the start of 2018-19.

Manchester City star Gundogan acknowledged his fellow Germany international is a different type of player to Ballack, who was a Champions League runner-up with Leverkusen and Chelsea, as well as a World Cup finalist with Germany.

Havertz has played in a more advanced role over the past two seasons and Gundogan is a bigger fan of his style than that of Ballack.

"I expect great things from him. Kai's potential is unlimited," Gundogan told Sport Bild.

"He brings a lot with him and now it is up to him to show his tremendous talent. He has that calmness and composure on the ball and is also a thoughtful guy off of it.

"In my opinion, Havertz is even better than Ballack in terms of his play.

"Ballack had a certain level of aggressiveness and mentality on the pitch; a player type of the previous generation, when you needed to be a b****** in a positive sense.

"Kai is not like that. He does not intentionally foul or lay down a marker with a yellow card."

While Havertz could be moving to the Premier League, Leroy Sane has left City for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Gundogan thinks a desire to win trophies in Germany was a key motivating factor in Sane's decision.

"The day before the move became official he confirmed it to me. It didn't shock me as I knew it was coming," he said.

"He's not won any titles in Germany yet and I think he'll do great things in the Bundesliga and help Bayern a lot."

Chelsea have already signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Gundogan expects the forward to make a big impact in England.

"Believe me: Everyone at City knows about Timo Werner. Many of my team-mates asked what kind of guy he is. He deserves respect," said Gundogan.

Bayern Munich are awaiting updates after Benjamin Pavard suffered an injury two weeks out from the Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea.

Pavard reportedly injured his ankle in a training game on Sunday and had to cut the session short to receive treatment.

The scare comes as Bayern step up preparations for their August 8 clash with Frank Lampard's side in Munich, where they will look to defend a 3-0 lead from the first game.

"Benjamin Pavard sustained an injury," head coach Hansi Flick confirmed in a media conference after training on Sunday.

"We are not quite sure exactly what happened, we will have to wait for the diagnosis now. We're not quite sure how long he will be missing, or if he will be missing. We will have to wait and see."

There was better news for Niklas Sule, who continues to work his way back from a serious knee injury.

The centre-back has not played since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in October, although he did make the bench for the DFP-Pokal final win over Bayer Leverkusen this month.

Sule, 24, put in extra training time while his team-mates took a break after that match and the Germany international could get the chance to prove his fitness in a friendly against Marseille on Friday.

"I'm very happy with him, with the way he's training and the intensity he's training with," Flick said.

"I assume he's at 100 per cent, we've been working on that. During the holiday, he stayed here and worked with our staff, so he is on track.

"He's missing match practice, but we possibly have the opportunity for him to play against Marseille. We shall see what happens."

New signings Leroy Sane and Tanguy Kouassi are ineligible to face Chelsea and will not be used in the Marseille match, but Flick has been happy with how the pair have adapted to their surroundings.

"All of the new players have integrated well," he said. "For them, it's a new environment so they might need a little time, but I'm very happy with how things are going.

"With Kouassi, we all know that he's an outstanding football player and that we will greatly benefit from him.

"We know in the last few months he's had a couple of injury problems, so we are all hoping that, following this recent injury, he can train pain-free, possibly play. We will have to see what happens in the next couple of days and see what happens.

"I can only confirm that the new signings will not play against Marseille or in the Champions League."

Bayern Munich recruit Leroy Sane appeared to suggest Kai Havertz's reported move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea was a done deal.

Havertz, 21, is expected to leave the Bundesliga club this close season after an impressive campaign.

Chelsea are reportedly the frontrunners to land the Germany international, with Frank Lampard's side having already added Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of next season.

Sane, who has arrived at Bayern from Manchester City, suggested a deal could already be done as he discussed two of his Germany team-mates.

"I think Germany always have very good young players, there's no question about that. I don't know why [clubs] are looking for our younger players at this moment," he told a news conference.

"I think the Bundesliga is always attractive, you can see young players getting their chances and developing very well in the Bundesliga. It doesn't matter at which club.

"Of course, in [signing] Timo Werner and Kai Havertz – two players within a single year – Chelsea did a good job. There is no question that Germany has very good youth programme.

"I think the whole world of football knows that and of course it's also appealing to other teams in the world to get such players."

Sane was long linked with a move to Bayern before the deal was confirmed earlier this month.

The 24-year-old said he wanted to win the Champions League with the Bundesliga giants, praising Hansi Flick's work at the helm.

"It is generally difficult to answer the question of who wins the UEFA Champions League. Of course, Bayern Munich has done it a few times already," Sane said.

"I was looking for something new, some fresh impetus, and for me it was clear that if I'm going to make a change, it has to be to a club that is able to win the Champions League and Bayern Munich can do this 100 per cent.

"It's a good question if we can win the Champions League in the next few years. It's not easy, but Bayern Munich is a club which definitely can win the Champions League.

"As you could see last season, the team is at the top level and I think Hansi had his impact on the team. You can see it on the pitch that everyone is having fun together with Hansi. Because of that, this was the right step and the right move for me."

Leroy Sane insists he retains a solid relationship with Pep Guardiola despite leaving Manchester City for Bayern Munich.

Germany winger Sane moved to Bayern for an €49million (£44.5m) earlier this month, as opposed to remaining in Manchester for the conclusion of City's Premier League and Champions League campaigns.

He only featured once during "Project Restart", making an 11-minute substitute cameo in a 5-0 win over Burnley on June 22 - only his second appearance in an injury-plagued campaign.

Indeed, despite scoring pivotal goals in wins over Liverpool and Manchester United last season, Sane struggled to hold down a regular starting place during City's triumphant 2018-19 run-in, with Guardiola often challenging the player to improve.

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old maintains there are no hard feelings between himself and his former boss.

"Our relationship is good," he told Sport Bild. "There was never a point when one was tired of the other. 

"I am grateful for everything he taught me. Pep Guardiola helped me to a very high level. 

"He is very meticulous and wants to advance the players every day. He is persistent when it comes to his tactics - but that's positive, it helped me. 

"We even lived in the same building [in Manchester], so we saw each other often."

Sane concedes he could even run into similar problems at Bayern, with Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry excelling in the wide attacking roles under Hansi Flick.

Nevertheless, he views such stellar competition for places as a positive.

"Of course I want to play, but I don't demand a regular place in every game," he said.

"No player in the world can play every game and reach their highest level. I have my goals, but I'm zero point zero against rotation. 

"This helps the team to get a good freshness. Serge, King and I - that sounds very good to me."

Sane had been heavily linked with a move to Bayern before a cruciate knee ligament injury during City's Community Shield triumph over Liverpool last August put those plans on ice.

The former Schalke youngster expressed his gratitude to Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic for keeping the deal on track over those difficult months of recovery.

"He was behind the transfer from the first moment and was not put off by anything. I'm grateful for that," Sane added.

"He showed me how the club works, which team it has in mind, the way looks. 

"I immediately noticed: I know a lot of boys here, I fit in very well here. And I wanted to be part of the successful Bayern path."

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