Man City midfield maestro Ilkay Gundogan has put to bed rumors that the Premier League champions are planning to sell Leroy Sane this summer.
Sane has been linked with a switch to Bayern Munich after a second half of the season that battle to secure a regular starting berth.
The ex Schalke winger started a meager nine league matches since the beginning of the year and was consistently left on the bench for City’s high profile encounters.
Some have suggested that Sane is now unhappy at the Etihad Stadium, leading to reports that he is being targeted by Bundesliga winners Bayern.
But the 23-year-old’s club and international team-mate Gundogan believes that Pep Guardiola has no intention of letting Sane leave.
“If players in our team at one or another time do not play, it has now become a normal fact that there are automatic rumors,” he told Sport Bild.
“As our coach has already said, the club wants to keep Leroy.”
While it remains to be seen whether Sane will depart City, there are a number of his club-mates who look set to move on during the summer transfer window.
Vincent Kompany has already announced his intention to leave to take up a role as player-manager of Anderlecht in his native Belgium while Goal understands fellow centre-back Nicolas Otamendi will also move onto pastures new during the off-season.
Fabian Delph and Gabriel Jesus may also prove surplus to requirements if City can improve their squad over the summer as Guardiola looks to build on their treble success of 2018-19.