Leroy Sane deemed unaffected by speculation about his future and bagged a brace as Manchester City cruised to a 6-1 win over Kitchee FC in Hong Kong.
The blues, who lost the Premier League Asia Trophy Final to Wolves, named a strong starting XI as their pre-season tour of Asia continued, with David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne joined Sane in the starting line-up.
As would be expected, City dominated the match from the start and could have scored two goals before Merlin gave the blues the lead after just thirteen minutes, chipping the ball over the keeper to make it 1-0.
Bernardo Silva then squandered a host of opportunities to increase the lead, the keeper denying him one, while his second opportunity went over the bar and his third was cleared off the line. The blues did make it 2-0 five minutes before half time, when Sane picked his spot and scored his first goal of the match.
Two became three just before half time as Sterling bent a shot round the keeper and into the net to underline City’s dominance.
Kitchee almost pulled a goal back at the start of the second half with Rodriguez’s chip landing on the roof of the goal. City regained control soon after and soon made it 4-0 thanks to Sane’s second of the match.
The blues made it 5-0 with ten minutes remaining and it was a moment to savour for youngster Nabil Touaizi, who ran unchallenged at the Kitchee defence before rifling home. Kitchee scored a late consolation goal with five minutes remaining, but Iker Pozo made it 6-1 to City with 2 minutes remaining.
The blues now head to Japan and a match against Yokohama F Marinos in their final tour of Asia, before making preparations for the Community Shield match against Liverpool a week on Sunday.