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Name Renato Sanches
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Footballer
Desc There was much hype surrounding the Portuguese midfielder in 2016, having starred for Benfica and the national side as they were crowned winners of the European Championships, winning the Young Player of the Tournament in the process

he name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United’s transfer talk in the window’s closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Lille
  Bayern Munich
  Swansea City [Loan]
  Bayern Munich

2019 04 03 Retrieve

[What has happened to Renato Sanches? Euro 2016 wonderkid suffering third year of misery] I’m not happy here, I work a lot, but I’m not allowed to play. I want to play more, maybe at a different club, I have to worry about that

[He also revealed the hardship he endured at Swansea, where injuries and poor form led to a hugely disappointing loan spell] I was out for months, sitting alone in an apartment in Swansea watching it rain all day

[He told his immediate dream was no longer to win the Ballon d’Or] I want to be in great shape. I want to play more minutes. I want to keep hearing people around Munich say, ‘That’s the Renato we signed, that’s why we got him’

2019 04 04 Retrieve

[The promising midfielder told reporters on the back of a thrilling 5-4 victory for Bayern] It is not my decision. I’m waiting for my opportunity and keep working. Of course, I want to play more. The season has not finished yet. In two months everything is possible but I don’t know

[Quizzed on whether he is finding it difficult to keep himself motivated on the fringes of the fold] Of course. But this is football, I am waiting. I am not happy

[The youngster also revealed that Kovac has not explained his ongoing absence, saying when asked if the Bayern boss has spoken to him about recent selections] No, he didn’t. But, it is his decision, not mine

[He has already said of a possible transfer at the end of the season] I want to play more, maybe at a different club, I have to worry about that

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Renato Sanches is expecting to remain at Bayern Munich] I just want what’s best for me. If the best for me is to stay here, I’ll stay - I want to play football

[Sanches claims to have received assurances from manager Kovac that he will get his chance] We’ve spoken about everything. We’ve talked about my situation and training. He told me that he’s going to give me and the other players a chance to prove ourselves. Me and the other players, we’re starting from zero. I think he needs me because I’m a good player and the club believes in me

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has expressed his frustration with his lack of playing time in his side’s season-opening 2-2 draw against Hertha on Friday] Of course I’m disappointed, it’s the second time the club has not let me go. Five minutes is not enough for me

2019 12 15 Retrieve

[Lille midfield playmaker Renato Sanches claims he almost moved to the club’s Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain in 2018] It is true that I had a serious offer from PSG. But my club and my former coach Niko Kovac did not want let me go

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Renato Sanches: From Golden Boy to Bayern flop and back again at Lille] I’ve waited for this goal for a long time. I’m very happy. I had warned my team-mates that I was going to score - I had plenty of chances in other matches. This time I was paid off. It feels good; it makes you happy

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Sanches reveals Bayern boss Kovac blocked move to PSG] I had spoken with Antero Henrique [the former sporting director]. He had spoken to my agent, Jorge Mendes. We had a good conversation. Everything was ready. I remember I was at a restaurant when my agent called me. He said to me: ‘Tomorrow you’re flying to Paris.’ I said OK, I went home and packed my bags. And the next day, during training, my coach [Kovac] said to me: ‘You are not leaving!’. I stayed. And I did not play. The next game, he gave me five minutes. It was not enough

I lost my place in the national team, I lost my form. My colleagues asked me why I was not playing. However, I was good in training. One of the best. In an interview, Niklas Sule said: ‘Renato is always the best in training.’ And it was the same again last summer

[However, by the time he left, he believes he was good enough to make the grade in Bavaria] I was ready to play at Bayern. My president and my coach knew it. Munich had become my home. But when I saw that things were not changing, I spoke with Jose Fonte [the Lille defender], Luis Campos [the advisor to the president]. Everyday. We met in Lisbon when I was on vacation. I said, ‘Ok, I want to come to Lille.’ My agent gave me other offers. But my choice was Lille. I felt confident. I felt good. I spoke with the coach, the president. It confirmed my desire. Besides, Lille is not a small club. We play against good teams like Marseille, Lyon, Paris. If you do the job well, you play well, you will get recognition. But what I wanted was to play, to be happy again