English Premiership

Sane excited by Manchester rivalry

2016-09-08 17:21
Leroy Sane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane says he is excited to be part of the Manchester derby after declaring himself fit to make his club debut.

The £37 million signing has been sidelined with a hamstring strain since his arrival at City, but is raring to go after coming through training this week.

Having previously played for Schalke against Borussia Dortmund in the Ruhr derby, Sane is excited by the rivalry that exists between City and Manchester United.

"I feel good now and I think I'm ready to play," he told the club's official website. "I've trained well and my hamstring is fine so I'm looking for to finally getting started.

"I've played in derby games in Germany but this should be a great match and one I'm really looking forward to, especially because Pep Guardiola is taking on Jose Mourinho.

"It should be a special game and we can sense the expectation all around the city from our supporters. I can't believe how close the two clubs are, it's maybe 10 minutes to drive from City to United which is really quick. In Germany it was about 30 minutes between Schalke and Dortmund but Manchester is different.

"It goes without saying that everyone wants to win this game, particularly so early in the season and both sets of supporters will be afraid of losing, but that's normal for any derby - nobody wants to end on the losing team.

"On the other hand, I think some fans would be happy to end the season there and then if they end up winning. It's going to be exciting and I hope I can play some part and help us bring back three points."

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