Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane accredited the support of manager Julian Nagelsmann and club president Uli Hoeness with his recent good form.
The former Manchester City winger has began the season in outstanding fashion, hammering home 11 goals and contributing 12 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.
He has already surpassed his individual record from his debut campaign at Bayern last season, where he only amassed a record of 10 goals and 12 assists in 44 appearances all season.
While Bayern still managed to win the Bundesliga and the Club World Cup, his lack of consistency was a constant cause of concern amongst the Bayern supporters who turned on him at times.
However, amid a strong resurgence at the club, the 25-year-old stated the encouragement he has received, not just from Nagelsmann, but from president Hoeness is behind his strong performances this season.
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“The entire club management and [former club president] Uli Hoeneß contacted me with their absolute support,” Sané told Bild am Sonntag.
“To be given that kind of encouragement is not something to take for granted.”
Normal service has resumed in the Bundesliga as Bayern have amassed a nine point lead at the top of the table.
Borussia Dortmund’s ferocious start of the season threatened a changing of the guard in the early stages, however a run of two losses and one draw in their last five matches has seen them lose ground on the Bavarians.
Sane’s outstanding start to the season, coupled with the marksmanship of Robert Lewandowski has seen Nagelsmann’s side emerge as the frontrunners once again.
And Sane heaped praise on the 34-year-old boss, claiming he knows exactly how to extract his best form.
“We have a great relationship,” Sané said.
“He’s always showing me how I can do even better in his system, and how we can improve together as a team.
“I feel good now, I’m fit, and that wasn’t the case last season, I didn’t feel that comfortable in my body yet.
“Julian has said that he is behind me, and that has also been enough for me.
Everyone thinks you have to talk at me, but that’s exactly the wrong thing with me. If you’re only in my head, I start to go crazy.”
Sane departed Pep Guardiola’s side in the early days of the 2020 summer transfer window in a deal believed to be worth around £41m.
While the reigning Premier League champions wanted the German international to stay at the club, they immediately recognised they were not able to convince him to stay.
“Leroy said he doesn’t want to extend the contract so it means he wants to leave and it is going to happen this summer or when he is out of contract,” Guardiola said in June 2020.
“The club have talked to me, they’ve offered two or three times to extend his contract, he rejected so it means he wants to play in another club.
“If, at the end of this season, we arrive at an agreement with another club, he is going to leave.”
Sane contributed an impressive 36 goals and 46 assists in 136 appearances for Manchester City, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, and two League Cups.