Renato Sanches revealed he’s held clear-the-air talks with Niko Kovac and seems set to remain at Bayern Munich as the coach “needs” him.
Following a disappointing season-long loan spell at Swansea City, Sanches returned to Bayern last season hoping to get his big break in the first-team after spending two years on the sidelines.
But the former Golden Boy winner again found regular opportunities hard to come by on his return to the Allianz Arena. He ended up with just four starts and a further 13 substitute appearances in Bayern’s 34 Bundesliga games last term.
A furious Sanches then made it crystal clear in March on his unhappiness with Bayern and suggested he will leave in the current transfer window.
Speaking during a public appearance for one Bayern’s sponsors in the United States, however, the 21-year-old revealed he’s cleared the air with manager Kovac over his frustrations.
“I just want what’s best for me,” said Sanches, according to the Bundesliga website.
“If the best for me is to stay here, I’ll stay – I want to play football.”
Sanches added: “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.”
When asked about Sanches’ future, Kovac gave a short response: “I’ve made it very clear, Sanches isn’t going anywhere.”
The Portugal international has made 50 appearances for Bayern in all competitions. Furthermore, he remains under contract to the German champions until June 2021.
With Sanches’ future seemingly resolved, Bayern will now concentrate on Sunday’s International Champions Cup (ICC) showdown with Real Madrid in Texas, United States.