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Sane nets brace in routine win but his future at City still unclear


Unsettled: Leroy Sane
Unsettled: Leroy Sane

By Andy Hampson

Leroy Sane ensured the spotlight stayed on him by scoring twice as Manchester City cruised to victory over Kitchee in their pre-season friendly in Hong Kong.

David Silva and Raheem Sterling were also on the scoresheet as City won 6-1 in a game played out amid an atmosphere of protest related to ongoing political unrest in the region.

There was chanting throughout, echoing some of the street protests in Hong Kong in recent weeks, but the game passed off peacefully, aside from a late pitch invasion by one fan.

City were not distracted and Sane, whose future remains the subject of considerable speculation linking him with Bayern Munich, was in good touch.

The German netted City's second and fourth goals before the visitors' scoring was wrapped up by youngsters Nabil Touaizi and Iker Pozo. Law Tsz Chun scored the hosts' consolation.

City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked about Sane repeatedly throughout City's tour of Asia and he again reiterated his hope the winger stays after the match.

"He did a good game, especially in the second half," said Guardiola. "He is a guy who I appreciate a lot.

"Again, I have said two or three times, we want him and we want him to stay. He has an offer waiting to extend the contract.

"It's not in our hands. He has to decide. If he wants and there is an agreement then it's good, but if he wants to leave he can do, but we will be sad. Hopefully he stays."

Guardiola said the protest chanting did not affect his players.

He said: "Sometimes this kind of thing happens in society. Hopefully they will solve it.

"But we were quite well. We moved from Hong Kong and the players had a day off and nothing happened. The game was normal."


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