Real Madrid midfielder insists the 22-year-old has all the tools to be a world-class player if he gets his mentality right
Toni Kroos has questioned Leroy Sane’s attitude and warned he must improve his body language if he is fulfil his vast potential.
Sane played a starring role for Manchester City last season as they won the Premier League and was crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year.
But he failed to make Germany’s World Cup squad this summer despite his impressive club form and, this term, has yet to start a game for City with Pep Guardiola reportedly unhappy with the way he has been training.
Sane has been recalled to the Germany squad for Thursday’s Nations League opener against world champions France in Munich.
However, the 22-year-old has been urged by his international teammate Toni Kroos to improve his mentality.
The Real Madrid midfielder said: “Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it is all the same whether we win or lose. He has to improve his body language.
“He’s a player who has everything you need to be a world-class player but sometimes you have to tell him he has to perform better.
“What is crystal clear is his quality, his pace, his left foot. He was fantastic for City last year but Pep has the same problem at the moment – he’s trying to get the best out of him.
“If he performs, he’s a real weapon. He has the quality, especially for us, but maybe (head coach Joachim Low) looked at his performances for the national team and wasn’t happy.”
Sane is one of five players in Low’s squad for the game against France, and next week’s friendly with Peru, who were not part of the squad in Russia.
With Germany widely perceived to have lacked pace this summer, Sane is tipped to win his 13th senior cap on Thursday, when a sell-out crowd at the Allianz Arena will be hoping to see Germany successfully reboot after a rare tournament failure.
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After another superb season with Real, Kroos was one of Germany’s biggest disappointments at the World Cup, although the 28-year-old did score a memorable last-minute free-kick to give ‘Die Mannschaft’ their only victory, a 2-1 win over Sweden.
He remains a crucial player for Low, though, and he is expected to win his 87th cap against France.