Manchester City’s lack of progress with Leroy Sane’s contract negotiations is in part down to the winger’s mother.
Several sources have told Sportsmail that Regina Weber, West Germany’s 1984 Olympic gymnastics bronze medalist, has proved obstructive as City attempt to tie down one of their prized assets.
City have been discussing fresh terms with Sane since last summer with his current deal running until 2021.
Manchester City’s attempts to extend winger Leroy Sane’s contract are being held up
Sane’s mother Regina Weber (left) has become involved in the talks and is being obstructive
Weber was an Olympics gymnast and won a bronze medal for West Germany in 1984
The Premier League champions, who declined to comment on the subject on Wednesday, have always maintained they expect the 23-year-old to sign an extension. Sane has also publicly stated that the Etihad Stadium feels like ‘home’.
Sane’s father, the ex-Senegal international striker Souleymane Sane, officially represents him with the help of intermediaries based in England but his mother has become involved in talks.
Sane, a Germany international with 17 caps, has been in and out of Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for a number of months but was instrumental in their 7-0 demolition of Schalke on Tuesday night.
Guardiola revealed Sane’s confidence had dipped ‘a little bit’ while others were preferred ahead of him, but he is still a key player for City with 25 Premier League appearances to his name this season.
Sane has 17 Germany international caps but has been in and out of Pep Guardiola’s side
The 23-year-old remains a key part of Guardiola’s plans and has made 27 league appearances
One player City have signed up is Bernardo Silva who has committed his long-term future by signing a three-year contract extension until 2025.
The Portugal international has become the 11th player to renew with the Premier League champions since January 2018.
It is believed his new deal is worth in excess of £150,000 a week, the prize for a stunning second season at the Etihad Stadium. Real Madrid had been tracking his progress.
Silva has flourished this year and become one of the first names on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet. He has followed the likes of Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Ederson in signing a new lengthy contract.
The 24-year-old is a hugely popular figure around the club and was nicknamed Pablo Picasso by team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
Manchester City have managed to extend the contract of Bernardo Silva until 2025
The Portugal international has become the 11th player to renew with City since January 2018
‘It’s an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City,’ Silva said. ‘This club offers everything a player needs to fulfil their ambitions and there’s nowhere else I want to be.
‘As soon as I heard City wanted me to stay longer, my mind was made up. I love the club, the manager, the players and the fans.
‘The style of football we play here excites me, and I am determined to win more silverware. City gives me the best chance of doing that.’
Guardiola has been effusive in his praise of Silva and recently said he is already the ‘big star’ of the Portugal side that still boasts Cristiano Ronaldo.
City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain added: ‘Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.
‘This is the latest example of our commitment to building a young squad of world-class players. We are constructing a side that will provide a platform for sustained success. Bernardo fits neatly into our plan.
‘His work-rate, professionalism and technical quality have impressed us and there is plenty of scope for improvement.
‘Under the guidance of Pep and the backroom staff we have here, we expect to see him develop into one of the world’s best players over the coming years.’
Silva’s new deal is reportedly worth £150,000 per week and comes amid Real Madrid interest
City will find out who they face in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday and Bernardo is hoping it isn’t Juventus.
‘I wouldn’t like it very much to be honest’, Silva said when asked about the prospect of facing his Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘I know him, I know what he’s capable of and once again he proved it against Atletico Madrid.
‘When you are playing in a competition like the Champions League you have to know that you can get drawn against these kind of teams, these kind of players.
‘It is a good thing. It means you are playing the best competitions, the best games. Of course to play against Cristiano or (Lionel) Messi is always complicated.’