Former Germany captain Michael Ballack has hailed Manchester City youngster Leroy Sane as the future of the national team after being consistently impressed with how the 21-year-old has improved since making the challenging switch from Schalke to England last summer.

"I am impressed by his physical improvements since he changed club, as he was just a young kid from Schalke. He adapted quickly to the Premier League and he has this confidence to go dribbling, he's open to face defenders," Ballack told this week.


"Sometimes he gets knocks but he stands up and is not hiding. He is asking them questions again, not scared of the challenge. He has improved his game so much, because of his physical ability to make long runs. Sometimes he will play full-back, wing-back or on the wing."

Sane's versatility has made him an increasingly prominent feature of Pep Guardiola's plans as the season has progressed, and he's even found his scoring boots since December, netting all eight of his City goals in the last 11 weeks alone.

Sane has scored five times in his last eight appearances for City in all competitions, notably in each leg of the recent Champions League tie with Monaco.

"I've seen fantastic games when he has been more defensive and made his long runs forward with the ball and without the ball. His vision on the ball [is great]. his left foot, he has a great touch and I am sure with Pep Guardiola as a coach, he will learn and learn and learn more as he grows in age," Ballack continued.

"He has shown that with the national team as well when he played in the last months. He was quality, not nervous and performed immediately. I am pretty sure he will be one of the key players in the future for Germany."

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