An agreement with OSC Lille which lasts for five years took Renato Sanches to France not more than a week ago. The Portuguese youngster failed to find enough playing time at Bayern Munich and was benched on most occasions which made him want to pursue a career in a club where he would get to play more minutes.
Even though he did not have the best experience in Munich, Renato thanked his former club for helping him learn things that he could hold onto in the future. He said at his introduction in Lille (Bild),
I’d like to thank Bayern Munich once again. That was a club that helped me very much. At Bayern, I learned never to give up, always to work hard and to give my best. FC Bayern was my club, and I wish it and my teammates only the best.
Renato flipped through the pages of his past three years in Germany where he was part of the team that won two league titles, three Supercup titles and one DFB Pokal. Even though the team enjoyed success, it was lustreless for Renato. He felt in hindsight that he was prepared to play, but acknowledged that a mismatch with the team’s system or needs kept him on the sidelines:
I think I was not yet really ready in my first year with FC Bayern in the 2016/17 season. But after my first Bayern year, I was ready at all times and both physically and mentally in good condition. I don’t know why it didn’t work out. I was probably always just not the right fit or right option. In many respects.
Bayern’s newest member Philippe Coutinho, who briefly was his locker-room neighbor before Sanches’, said he’ll miss the Brazilian:
He’s a nice guy. A great player, too. I’ll definitely miss him. I wish him good luck and all the best!
For now, Sanches said he would rather not think about Bayern Munich anymore and instead focus on the new chapter of his life from now on to achieve better things in France.