Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has lamented the imminent exit of winger Leroy Sane but has played down the notion that Jadon Sancho will now return to the Etihad.
Sane, 24, is expected to complete a £54-million transfer to Bayern after agreeing on a five-year contract that will double the wages City proposed in their final contract offer last week.
With City running the risk of losing him for free at the end of next season, they have reluctantly allowed the Germany star to return to his homeland, which Guardiola acknowledges is a major blow.
"There are still some little issues but it looks like he's going to go to Munich. We wish him all the best, big thanks for our years together," Guardiola told Sky Sports."Is it disappointing? He wants to leave. Everyone has their own life.
"He deserves to move on. I'd love him to stay here but he decided to move on because he believes he will be happier [in Munich]."
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Despite the gaping hole Sane is set to leave, having been the leading assist contributor in the Premier League during the Citizens two title-winning campaigns - Guardiola has ruled a sensational homecoming for England wonderkid Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund winger has developed into one of the most sought-after talents in world football since leaving City in an €8-million deal in August 2017.
With 20 goals and as many assists in 44 games in the 2020/21 campaign, Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly keen on luring him back to England.
"No, no. no, he decided to leave," Guardiola said when asked about a Sancho return, as per ESPN FC. "Why should he decide to come back?
"When he decided to move to Dortmund it's not because he is going to decide to come back later. It would make no sense. He didn't want to be here, so that is why he doesn't want to come back here.
"It happens in other clubs and players who are considered important players for the club decide to leave. They don't want to be here and that was the case for Jadon Sancho and Leroy, especially Leroy because Jadon Sancho was in the academy.
"It happens at clubs around the world, you never can be eternal, and we have to accept it and try to make the right decisions as a club to try to maintain the level that we have."