Manchester City new boy, Leroy Sane, has revealed how helpful Mesut Ozil’s support has been for him while settling into a new country.

  • Sane signed for City from Schalke in 2016
  • Scored 9 goals and assisted 4 in 30 appearances this season
  • Has 6 caps for Germany’s senior team
  • Looks to older Germany teammate Ozil for advice and support

Sane recently spoke about his and Ozil’s friendship, which they struck up while away with the Germany national team, and revealed that they’re now in contact on a weekly basis.

“The first time I was called up for Germany it was Mesut who decided to look after me,” Sane said.

“He told me if I ever had any kind of problem he would try to help me out and that is exactly what he did. For sure, he helped me a lot. So now we call each other regularly and sometimes I meet him in London as a friend.

“He is a bit older than me but he can be just like a kid sometimes, especially on holiday in California. We did the tourist attractions, enjoyed the weather and did our best not to talk about football. But when I call him up now I can discuss how my career is going. Sometimes it’s good to have older friends. They have a lot more experience.”

While Sane and Ozil are obviously good friends away from the football pitch, on it, it’s a different matter.

In fact, the 21-year-old ran Hector Bellerin ragged when City visited the Emirates on 2 April. Although the match ended 2-2, it could have been very different.

If Sane starts against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, there will be no niceties. I fully expect him to give everything he’s got in order to exploit an unfit Bellerin.