Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane (Getty Images)
Sane was a shock exclusion on Monday when
Germany coach Joachim Low revealed his final 23-man squad for their title
defence in Russia.
The 22-year-old forward had been a
sensation for Pep Guardiola's side this past season, scoring 10 goals and
providing 15 assists as City stormed to the Premier League title.
However, Low opted to go in a different
direction, and De Bruyne sympathised with Sane after the snub, claiming he is
the best young player in the world at the moment.
"I didn't talk with him yet, it just
happened, obviously. I just want to give him some space because I don't think
he thought he wouldn't be in the squad," the Belgium international said in
a press conference.
"For me he has been the best young
player this year in the whole world, so you can see how I rate him.
"In the end I don't know what happened in
Germany, maybe there was an issue between them (Sane
and Low). We'll never know, I guess."
Belgium start their World Cup campaign against Panama on Monday, June 18.
Kick-off is at 17:00 (SA time).