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Leroy Sane: 'I twice rejected Jurgen Klopp'

Sane: 'I twice rejected Jurgen Klopp'
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Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane says that he turned down a move to Liverpool before agreeing to join the Citizens at the start of last season.

Leroy Sane has revealed that he twice turned down the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp before eventually joining Manchester City in 2016.

The Germany international was a target for Klopp during his time at Schalke 04, where he caught the eye with a string of dazzling displays in the Bundesliga.

Sane did not consider quitting the Veltins-Arena to join Borussia Dortmund as a youngster, though, and he also rejected advances from Liverpool ahead of agreeing to sign for Man City 18 months ago.

"Yes, I was also talking with [Liverpool]," he told The Guardian. "Jurgen was calling me too, talking to me. That was before I joined City.

"He did a good job at [Borussia] Dortmund – I met him when he was there. He's a good guy, nice guy – honest. He [has] worked well with Liverpool.

"There was a time when I was still in the academy that I could have gone there from Schalke [to Dortmund] but there were no thoughts at all to move to a rival."

Sane is a part of the City squad that will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon, as the Citizens look to keep their unbeaten domestic run going.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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