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Leroy Sane has had limited starting roles for City in recent months.

Manchester City hope to hang on to in-demand Leroy Sane

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Manchester City want to hang on to Leroy Sane and are preparing to hold talks with the German’s representatives over a new deal, Press Association Sport understands.

Sane is contracted to the domestic treble winners for the next two seasons, but there has been speculation that Bayern Munich are intent on trying to lure the 23-year-old back to Germany.

The Bundesliga champions will attempt to plug the sizeable gaps that will be created when wide men Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery depart the club over the summer, and it has been reported that Sane fits the bill perfectly.

Sane scored 16 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions this season, but has struggled to command a regular starting spot in the last few months.

He was reduced to late cameos in both the finals of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, while he started only three of City’s final 11 fixtures.

Yet Sane, who joined from Schalke three years ago for £37million, is clearly still part of Pep Guardiola’s plans going forward and City hope to be able to convince the player to commit his long-term future to the club.

Unsurprisingly at Manchester City, competition for places is fierce, and despite competing on all four fronts until late on in the season, the German international's playing time took a serious hit this year.

Deemed behind the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, and sometimes even Riyad Mahrez, in the pecking order meant that Sane had to get used to limited playing time and substitute appearances.

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However, it seems that Guardiola and senior figures at the club are not ready to lose the winger just yet, and they intend to fend off any interest from the German giants.

It is well known that Munich want to sign a winger this summer, with their pursuit of Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi dominating the January transfer window.

They fell short on that occasion, and it looks like they may do again here.

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