"He was fantastic for City last year but Pep [Guardiola] has the same problem at the moment - he's trying to get the best out of him."

Sane was one of City's shining lights in their Premier League title-winning campaign last season but has yet to start for the club this term.

He was dropped from the squad altogether for City's most recent win over Newcastle and Guardiola hinted the decision was because he still wasn't ready for action.