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Renato Sanches heads back to Wales

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Sanches’ season has once again not lived up to the lofty expectations that were once placed on him.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Renato Sanches of FC Bayern Muenchen and lent to English premier league club Swansea City, is pictured at the FC Bayern Muenchen Saebener Strasse training ground on March 16, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Oh hi Renato.
Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Kicker report that Renato Sanches’ medical-related stay in Munich is over and the Portuguese midfielder has headed back to Swansea City. The extended stay on Säbener Straße with Bayern Munich’s medical staff was not initially expected by the Swans. Head coach Carlos Carvalhal said in early February that he expected Sanches to spend just “four to five weeks.”

To say Sanches has been a disappointment for both Bayern and Swansea would be an understatement. A square peg trying to fit in a round hole at Bayern, Sanches has struggled to find consistency with his performance in Wales as well. With just a few weeks left in Swansea City’s Premier League season, the Swans are sitting in 17th place.

If Sanches can’t positively impact Swansea City, it is hard to think he is anywhere near ready to be anything more than a reserve team player at Bayern; especially given how loaded Die Roten’s midfield should be next season. Still only 20, Sanches is on loan with Swansea through June and under contract to Bayern through June 2021.