Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Leroy Sane from Manchester City for a reported £54.8 million.
Sane's contract at the Etihad was set to expire at the end of next season and it soon became clear that he wanted a new challenge and a return to Germany.
In a statement on City's club website, Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the outgoing winger.
“We wish Leroy all the best in this new chapter of his career,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.
“Leroy has been part of one of the most special periods in this club’s history and he leaves with the best wishes of everyone here at Manchester City.
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “From arriving as a fledgling young talent four years ago, we are proud of the contribution Leroy has made since joining Manchester City. He leaves with many friends and fond memories of his time at the Etihad.”
Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had this to say on the Sane signing: "He is an outstanding player who has proven his qualities over the past few years, especially in the national team. Our goal is to gather the best German players at FC Bayern and the signing of Leroy emphasises this goal."
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: "Leroy is a difference-maker and will strengthen our team with his quality. With Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Leroy, we’re now even better equipped at a very high level in the wide positions that are important for our game."
Images were leaked earlier this week of Sane during a Bayern photoshoot which left the German club apologising.
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