Despite having played less than 40 professional games, Schalke's Leroy Sane is already being linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Having seen plenty of young players move for big fees and flop in the past, however, the German should wait before making the move to one of Europe’s elite.
Various reports have recently suggested the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool are interested with regards to a possible bid, somewhere in the region of £40 million.
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The 20-year-old's career has gone from strength to strength since being given his debut by former Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo, also scoring a wonderful goal during his first Champions League appearance against the aforementioned Madrid. Due to such form, he has established himself as a first team regular.
If Sane were to move away from the Veltins-Arena it's unlikely he would receive such comprehensive game time, having made 34 league appearances since April 2014 and suitably filling the void left by Julian Draxler's departure last summer.
Far too often have we seen highly skilled youngsters with vast potential join a European super club and spend years on the bench - and it would be a shame for Sane to suffer the same fate.
At just 20 years of age, the one-time Germany international still has plenty of time to develop at Schalke and earn himself a move away. Playing for a bigger side would undoubtedly help him fulfil his potential, but now is not the time.
Sane has shown in the Bundesliga that he has all the necessary natural talent to be a top player, scoring many of his goals and assisting others by collecting the ball on the left and cutting inside to work his magic.
Reports say Barcelona are frontrunners for his signature and close to striking a deal, but the wise decision for Sane would be to remain in the Bundesliga. A further 18 months with Schalke would allow him to hone his ability even further, to the point where a move away would come at the right time in his career.
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