Lothar Matthaus has tipped Leroy Sane to make a move to Bayern Munich, saying he could become the new face of the Bundesliga champions.Sane has proven his worth at Manchester City, having helped Pep Guardiola’s side to two Premier League titles in the last three seasons.But the 23-year-old fell out of favour with City in the back half of last season, starting just five matches in the league after January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sane also only played a total of just seven minutes over two legs of City’s quarter-final defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League, leading to talk he could look for a move in the summer.Bayern Munich have been tipped as a potential destination for Sane, with the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting that his side are looking to find an agreement for the Germany international. Matthaus, who starred for Bayern and Germany during his playing career, believes the conditions are there for a transfer to happen.”I really think Bayern Munich [would] like to spend a lot of money, more than €80 million (£72m/$90m),” Matthaus told ESPN. “In City he’s not happy in one way, and City is ready to give him up. But the main answer has to be from Leroy Sane. Does he like to come to Bayern Munich, yes or no?”Should Sane decide he wants to join Bayern, Matthaus believes that the club’s good relationship with its former manager will help make the transfer a reality.”When he says yes, Bayern will contact Manchester City,” Matthaus said. “There’s a good relationship between Bayern Munich’s board and Pep Guardiola and I think they will find a way.”If Sane does move to the Bundesliga champions, Matthaus believes that the sky is the limit for the winger back in his native country.”The important thing is Leroy Sane has to say 100 percent yes to Bayern Munich,” Matthaus said.”And then he will be a big star in Germany, maybe the biggest face of German football in the last years because for the money that Bayern would like to spend on him, he can be the new face of Bayern Munich.”However, Guardiola doesn’t appear willing to let Sane leave without a fight, saying on Wednesday that he wants to help the winger reach his potential at City.
Namal Rajapaksa responded in a tweet to the German envoy saying “Your excellency there is no criticism of the diplomatic community, but of the unwillingness of the @officialunp to reach out to the citizens of #lka with the same eagerness.” (Colombo Gazette) The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joern Rohde, revealed today that western diplomats had talks with the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The UPFA has been accusing the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of dancing to the tune of the West by meeting diplomats and getting them involved in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. This week the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David McKinnon had reacted to Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa on twitter over a comment he made on the United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting diplomats in Colombo to discuss the political crisis. The German envoy tweeted today saying the diplomats met members of the UPFA but will not reveal their names.“Why this unfair criticism at Canadian HC and members of the diplomatic Community? Last Tuesday around a dozen envoys including Canadian HC and myself met with 4 leading UFPA MPs/Ministers on their request. We respected their request for confidentiality,” he said.He said that after the meeting with the UPFA the diplomats were invited to meet the TNA leadership. He noted that the diplomatic community also had meetings with the President, Speaker and other stakeholders. However now the German envoy has revealed that four leading UPFA Parliamentarians, including an unknown number of Ministers, had met some diplomats in Colombo. Rajapaksa had tweeted saying “Interesting to see @officialunp JVP & TNA politicians meeting with the int. community. Perhaps if more effort was given toward meeting with the people & communities of #lka & paying heed to their hope for #elections, #SriLanka can finally achieve its fullest potential. #LetMeVote.”The High Commissioner replied to the tweet saying “You might ask some of your @PodujanaParty colleagues who they’re meeting with.”