Leroy Sane of Manchester City
Leroy Sane has returned to training with Manchester City. Sascha Steinbach/Shutterstock.

Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola has said Leroy Sane is “moving surprisingly well” following his return to full training after a six-month injury lay-off.

Sane trained with the first team for the first time since August on Tuesday, and Guardiola told reporters on Friday that it was nice to see his forward back.

The 24-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in the 1-1 Community Shield draw against Liverpool (who won 6-5 on penalties), robbing City of a valuable attacking talent on the eve of the 2019-20 campaign.

Goal’s Chris Burton provided additional quotes from the press conference, where Guardiola added that City offered Sane a new contract “a long time ago,” though the player is still yet to reject it.

The fact he hasn’t signed the offered terms after such a long time isn’t an encouraging sign, with Sane’s current deal at the Etihad Stadium due to expire in June 2021 and Bayern Munich reportedly lurking.

The City boss will be particularly pleased to see the Germany international regaining fitness ahead of their meeting with Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League. The English side travel to Madrid on February 26 before Real make the return trip on March 17.

Guardiola will be wary of rushing Sane back prematurely—especially if they have plans to sell the player this year—but he could be a pivotal player if City are to clinch silverware this season.

Sane has scored 25 goals and recorded 31 assists in 89 total appearances for defending Premier League champions City, who travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.