Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has not had an ideal season in 2018/2019. The 21-year-old has not gotten the type of field time he thinks he deserves and has grown increasingly frustrated.
After Bayern’s 1-0 win over Werder Bremen, Sanches’ bitterness over his role with the club boiled over. In a statement to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Sanches bluntly told the reporter that he thinks a loan away from Munich would be in order.
Renato Sanches soeben: „Ich möchte mehr spielen. 5 Minuten sind nicht genug.“ Ist eine Leihe sinnvoll? Sanches auf Nachfrage: „Ja, ich denke schon.“ @SPORT1 #FCBayern— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 20, 2019
Renato Sanches just said: “I want to play more. 5 minutes is not enough.” Does a loan make sense? Sanches on demand: “Yes, I think so.” @SPORT1 #FCBayern
Sanches, of course, had a disastrous loan spell with Swansea City during the 2017/2018 season. Bayern coach Niko Kovac spent a lot of time trying to revive the career of Sanches earlier in the season, but the would-be pet project of the 47-year-old coach went off the rails as the season progressed.
Rumors leaked earlier in the week that Bayern was actively seeking a partner to make a loan arrangement with, but nothing concrete has been established as of yet. Clearly, Sanches is looking to force his way out of Bayern and the club will no doubt be looking to oblige.
At what point, however, will Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness accept that their seemingly blockbuster move for the Euro 2016 Golden Boy winner has been a complete and utter failure in Bavaria? Will the hard-bargaining duo take a financial loss and sell Sanches this summer in a move that would likely be best for both parties or will they prolong this experiment even more with the temporary relief of a loan?
Even if Sanches stayed with Bayern and got more time, it would be at the expense of players who are more talented and produce better results on the pitch. Ultimately, it is hard to fathom any way that the former Benfica prospect remains with Bayern after his contract expires in 2021.
Forget the loan, it is time to sell.