In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, Leon Goretzka explained his delight if his former Schalke 04 teammate Leroy Sané would join him at Bayern Munich. The pair played together from 2013 to 2016 before Sané made the move to England and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Goretzka explains, that their friendship reaches beyond the football pitch:

“It’s no secret that I like to play together with Leroy. We understand each other very well. Our friendship goes way back, I’ve known Leroy since 5th grade. So we have a much deeper friendship than if we only knew each other from football.”

Goretzka grew up in Bochum while Sané grew up only 5 kilometers away in the suburb of Wattenscheid. Knowing each other since they were kids and playing together for both Schalke and the German national team has made the two football stars close. Goretzka mentions that he admires Sané’s character both on and off the pitch.