Renato Sanches admits it “felt good” the moment Bayern Munich told him they wouldn’t be selling him during the summer transfer window.
Following a dismal loan stint at Swansea City in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, Sanches suffered a frustrating time on the sidelines at Bayern last season.
The 2016 Golden Boy winner had hoped to get his big break at the club under Niko Kovac. However, the Croatian coach instead handed him just six starts in his 24 appearances across all competitions for the Bavarians.
Understandably, Sanches was left fuming over his lack of regular game time and suggested in March that a summer exit could happen. These remarks allegedly captured the interest of Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
But it seems that Kovac has plans for the 21-year-old after all, with Bayern having refused to sell him altogether.
“When the bosses told me I was staying it felt good, even though I wanted to move. I felt their appreciation,” Sanches told Bild.
“But I also need enough playing time. I want to play. That’s what matters to me.
“The coach and I have spoken at length once or twice. I know exactly what he wants from me. Our relationship is normal. We shake hands and talk normally.”
Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery’s summer departures may have helped Sanches’ case this summer. With the veteran duo gone and Bayern signing no replacements, competition for places down the flanks will likely be easier next season.
The Portugal international, who has made 50 appearances in total for Bayern in all competitions, is under contract at the Allianz Arena until June 2021.
With the Sanches transfer drama now over, the Bundesliga champions will focus on tonight’s DFL-Cup showdown with rivals Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park. The match in Germany will begin at 20:00 (CET).