Leroy Sane's Man City benching a warning to teammates - Gabriel Jesus
Leroy Sane's omission from the squad for Manchester City's victory over Newcastle United on Saturday is a warning to the rest of the players, according to Gabriel Jesus.
Sane, the PFA Young Player of the Year last season, has not started any of City's four matches and was not on the bench for the 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola said it was a tactical decision despite reports that the manager has been unhappy with Sane's attitude in training, but Guardiola is determined that his players maintain the desire that took them to a record-setting title victory last season -- and Jesus said every player knows their place is under threat.
"It's normal with this amazing squad," Jesus said. "Today it was Sane, but in the future, it's going to be me or other players, too. I'm going to work hard to avoid that from happening to me, though.
"We all know the quality Sane has and his importance in the club. But it's the beginning of the season. It's normal that some players have started stronger or are more fit than others. I just hope when he comes back to the team, he's at 100 percent and he's able to help us as he's always done."
Sane will join up with Germany this week after being recalled following his omission from the World Cup squad.
Jesus, 21, will have some time off after being left out of Brazil's squad for their international friendlies with El Salvador and the United Sates after he failed to score in the World Cup.
"Those things happen," he said. "The last few years I have always been called. This time, I'm not. It's normal. I understand.
"They rang me, they explained it to me and I understood. I hope the national team keeps growing and keeps winning the games. I'm always going to support them no matter if I'm in or out of the squad."