Michael Ballack on how Leroy Sane's FIFA World Cup omission will affect the Manchester City star
Posted: 7 June 2018 Time: 19:30
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack 'can't understand' the Leroy Sane omission from Germany's FIFA World Cup squad but commented on the speculation surrounding his alleged attitude problems.
Contrary to Germany defender Mats Hummels opinion, whereby one of the Premier League's finest wingers were snubbed for the World Champions - Ballack feels the decision by Joachim Low, doesn't make sense.
Since Sane's arrival in the English top-flight, which is widely considered as the most physically demanding league in European football, the fleet-footed winger has excelled under Pep Guardiola's tutelage.
However, his style of play was reported to be clashing with Low's current tactical philosophy while rumours surfaced that the decision was based on his attitude in training.
"Football-wise, I can't understand the decision because Leroy Sané is an exceptional young player who had a huge development in the last season.
"He's really quick and adapted well to the Premier League, and he is playing for a big club with big players and playing a very good role in that team," Ballack told Betfair.
"There are some rumours about some things, but this is just speculation - the attitude in training, and the Confederations Cup that he wasn't part of because of his operation.
"A coach has to decide how important that was, how angry he is. But there were no signs outside that he is doubtful or that he was a problem in the squad. That's why it was so surprising for so many people.
"How he handles this now is the next step in his career. How he can deal with not being selected. It was a big dream to be part of that," the former Bayern midfielder added.
"It is up to [Manchester City boss] Pep Guardiola now maybe to talk to him and sort things out in his head, if there are some things. We will see. Nobody really knows. It's a disappointment for a young kid.