Renato Sanches: farewell to an unfinished person - sport
Renato Sanches already felt how difficult the time in Munich would be for him in one of his first training sessions at Bayern. It was the summer of 2016, Sanches had become European champion a few weeks earlier with Portugal, at the tournament he had been awarded as the best young player. Bayern had bought the teenager for 35 million euros from Benfica Lisbon, to which came various clauses that could make Sanches up to 80 million euros expensive. One of the clauses: an additional payment, if Sanches should be elected world footballer. When he arrived in Munich, he was still only 18 years old, he was a boy who had left home for the first time. And in one of his first units in Munich he immediately met Arturo Vidal, a competitor in midfield. Vidal, insiders reported, rammed Sanches straight. Without compromises. The footballing struggle for existence, which must have known access, had begun.
At the weekend ends this difficult time for Renato Sanches now well. Several media reports that the Portuguese is about to move to OSC Lille, on Friday pictures and videos of Sanches emerged, as he made at the airport of Lille on the way to the medical check. The image mentioned a possible transfer fee: 25 million euros. From a clause that Lille has to pay after, if Sanches should be elected world footballer, nothing is known. The 22-year-old Sanches, one of Europe's greatest talents, has left the city as an unfinished man for a week.
A year ago, they gave Sanches another chance at Bayern. President Uli Hoeneß had pledged not to sell the midfielder after a miserable year as a loaner in Swansea. And Niko Kovac, the new coach, wanted to show Sanches that he, Kovac, has a grudge for dissatisfied players. At that time, the coach said, "People are not that difficult, Renato is a very simple boy, he needs affection, support from all sides." In the summer and autumn, Sanches was allowed to play regularly, he met at the start of the Champions League at his old club, Benfica. The whole stadium applauded. This evening back in the home should remain for Sanches the most beautiful in the jersey of Bavaria. Lange was allowed to play for the last time in late November, 80 minutes in 3: 3 against Dusseldorf. After that, Kovac was also concerned about his own future. There was apparently no liking for affection for his sensitive player.
Sanches, whom his teammates describe as training-eager, often demanded more deployment times, most recently after the 2: 2 against Hertha. That evening, Rummenigge said that Sanches would "still get his chances." But then the player skipped the training for the reservists, for the disciplined Kovac that was probably the one provocation too much. Of the two players he strengthened in his first summer, one is already gone - the second, Jérôme Boateng, is also dissatisfied after not taking into account at the start (at FC Schalke on this Saturday evening is missing Boateng because of a flu).
In the squad of Bayern is now a place for a midfielder free, and there are increasing signs that this could be taken by Marc Roca of Espanyol Barcelona. Roca, 22, costs the fixed transfer fee of 40 million euros, so he would come without incriminating world football clause. And Vidal left Bayern in 2018, the summer they had believed in Renato Sanches at the club.