Letting Leroy Sane leave the Etihad this summer is not part of Pep Guardiola plans despite the winger being linked with a return to the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in signing Sane, but the Blues are continuing to try and get the 23-year-old to extend a contract that expires in 2021.
“Leroy we are one and a half years trying to sign his [new] contract. We want him,” Guardiola said.
“If you want to extend his contract, it’s because you want him. You’re not going to extend his contract because you don’t want him. It’s like Gundogan, for example – it’s the same case.
“He’s competing with Sterling and Bernardo Silva. It’s not easy,” he said of Sane's role in the side.
“If you want to play in for competitions for the quadruple we need Leroy, Sterling, Riyad, Bernardo, we can’t compete for the quadruple with just two wingers. They have to fight each other and play the best as possible to convince me to put them in the lineup.”
Sane may be set to stay at the Etihad but the future of captain Vincent Kompany appears unsure.
The 33-year-old is out of contract this summer.
Asked if the FA Cup final against Watford could be his final game for City, Guardiola said: “Hopefully not.
“Vinny has shown again when he is fit what he is able to do. It is top. The problem is the period between November and February and March. We were losing quite often for that reason. When he is fit he is incredible.”
Guardiola agrees that fitness is the only problem over Kompany’s future and whether to offer him a new deal, with assurances of his playing time.
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