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Leroy Sane not leaving Schalke amid Man City links - Clemens Tonnies

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Schalke have ruled out selling reported Manchester City target Leroy Sane during the January transfer window.

Sane, 19, has been linked with a move to City with German tabloid Bild claiming they are ready to bid €55 million for the Germany international.

However, Schalke chairman of the board Clemens Tonnies said that the club have not received "an official offer" for the attacking midfielder, who scored four goals and set up a further four in the first half of the Bundesliga season.

"We have decided to not sell Leroy," Tonnies told Recklinghauser Zeitung.

"Should anyone be interested in Leroy, it just confirms the outstanding work of our youth academy. But we have decided to not sell Leroy, and the player does not want to leave Schalke. And thus it [a transfer] is not an issue."

The player's agent, Jurgen Milewski, also ruled out a January switch for Sane away from Gelsenkirchen.

He said: "For Leroy, Schalke is the best place. A winter transfer is not an issue, he feels good at Schalke."

Sane, who earned his maiden cap for Germany in November 2015, is under contract at the Veltins Arena until 2019, and his deal does not include a release clause.

Schalke are sixth in the Bundesliga and trail the Champions League qualification spot, held by Borussia Monchengladbach, by two points.

The club are currently in Florida to prepare for the second half of the season.

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