BAYERN MUNICH new boy Leroy Sane claims Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola “downright reprogrammed me”.
But the former Etihad winger means it as a huge compliment as he was astonished to find Guardiola’s tips and tactics transformed his game.
The Germany superstar also denied feeling his “freedom” or “individual quality” were stifled at City, instead insisting instead his £45million Bayern move was purely down to a “personal feeling” over his career.
The 24-year-old detailed Guardiola’s managerial magic – at a time when City are rated favourites to sign Barcelona’s wantaway legend Lionel Messi.
Sane told Kicker: “In positional play, in the general perception of the entire game, in tactical behaviour both offensively and defensively – Guardiola downright reprogrammed me.
“It’s the simple movements that make you think, ‘Oh, never’.
“But when you implement them, you realise very quickly that Guardiola is right.
“What he advises helps a lot, it makes the game easier and faster. Tactics are the most important thing to him.”
While the ex-Schalke hero prepares to launch his homeland return with Bundesliga kings and Champions League winners Bayern, City will attempt to regain the Premier League crown Liverpool ripped away by 18 points.
But Sane is adamant his Etihad exit had nothing to do with losing his appetite for English football after winning two Prem titles, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup twice.
Back in July he said: “It was not anything about Man City or anything else – that we’d now won everything or that I’d now lost the hunger or anything like that
“It was just me personally. I just had a feeling and that’s why I came to this decision.
“Obviously we won a lot in these four years but Bayern Munich also won a lot! I just had a personal feeling for myself.”