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Niko Kovac: Renato Sanches will play many good games for Bayern

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Renato Sanches is determined not to let his chance for redemption at Bayern Munich slip by.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 24: Renato Sanches of FC Bayern Muenchen poses in front of the Philadelphia skyline at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the second day of the FC Bayern AUDI Summer tour 2018 on July 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 24: Renato Sanches of FC Bayern Muenchen poses in front of the Philadelphia skyline at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the second day of the FC Bayern AUDI Summer tour 2018 on July 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Renato Sanches is back with Bayern Munich and on tour with the team in the USA. At the team’s first stop in Philadelphia, the young midfielder spoke to SportBild about his chance for redemption at Bayern Munich after a disappointing stint under former coach Carlo Ancelotti and a dismal loan to Swansea City.

“I want to make it here!” Sanches declared. In the wake of his performance against Paris Saint-Germain last week, where he scored his first goal in a Bayern shirt off a fantastically taken free kick, that goal sounds rather less preposterous than it once did.

Sanches views his return to Säbener Straße under the tutelage of new coach Niko Kovac as “a great opportunity.” Kovac agrees. The Croatian manager has made Sanches into a personal project and is confident about his prospects. According to Kovac, Sanches “will definitely play many good games for FC Bayern this season.”

A combination of maturity and dedication are driving Sanches. “I’ve become somewhat more mature and have begun to have fun again,” Sanches said, and he intends to “commend himself [to Kovac] by training hard every day.”

“I want to add value to the club,” Sanches concluded. Kovac and the Bayern family stand behind him.