Leroy Sane is obviously getting a lot of attention in Germany.
The Manchester City player is wanted by Bayern Munich, and the Bundesliga champions have made no secret of their transfer desire.
Whilst claims of an offer being submitted have been rubbished by Bayern, they’ve explained they’re trying to convince the player before entering into discussions with his current club.
Today Sane took part in an open-training session with the German national team, with fans allowed into the Aachen Tivoli stadium.
Afterwards, Sane spoke to the media and is quoted by Bild as saying: “I do not know such an atmosphere during training from England, because we have no Fan-Nähe at all.”
Fan-Nähe? Sometime just ‘Fannähe’, it’s what is used in Germany to explain when clubs, or in this case the national team, have events with the fans, like open-training.
Take the word apart and it’s ‘fan near’/’fan proximity’/’fan closeness’.
There’s a reasonable chance this could be used to say Sane was suggesting the Manchester City fans aren’t close to the players, and that’s simply not what he was getting at.