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Renato Sanches opens up on time at Bayern Munich

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Former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches moved to Lille this summer and admitted that while his time in Bavaria was not always pleasurable, it did help him mature.

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Renato Sanches has moved on to Lille, but has not forgotten his time with Bayern Munich. In fact, Sanches has opened up on what he thinks ultimately let to a roller coaster ride of an experience with the Rekordmeister.

Get French Football News captured Sanches’ appearance on RMC Sport, where the 22-year-old talked over his tenure with the Bavarian club:

In the first year, I did not adapt very well. I was not ready because it was too rapid a change for me. I had only been a professional footballer for six months at Benfica and all of a sudden, I moved to one of the best clubs in the world. When I arrived there, everything was completely different. But from the beginning of the second year, I started to adapt.

Sanches also indicated that he did not want to leave Bayern Munich, but knew that he needed to make a change for the betterment of his career. In fact, Sanches credits his stay at Bayern Munich with helping him become more mature:

I wanted to stay, but things did not go as I wanted. Despite it all, it was significant for me to play at Bayern Munich, I learned a lot. It is there where I became more mature, more adult-like.

As far as his critics go, Sanches thinks they just don’t understand what he was going through as he tried to adapt to life in Munich:

People talk a lot without knowing anything. They are not there on a daily basis. My lifestyle was that of a normal young person. I would train, I would go home, I spent virtually all my time at home. Sometimes, I would go out to a restaurant, like everyone does. When things were not going well on the pitch, the people that don’t know you really that well look for criticisms to explain it. But I had a normal life, I was professional.

In the end, Sanches says that he has learned a lot from his footballing journey (as captured by PortuGoal.net):

I think in football you get the good and the bad. When it’s bad, you just have to keep working. I believe I have the qualities to be a good player. I have already won some titles but my aim is to win more and if I work hard I think I will get my reward.

I’ve had my ups and downs, but you have to keep fighting. The most important thing is to play with joy, to do your best and never give up because you never know what will happen tomorrow. We grow and we realize that we have to evolve and change some aspects, especially when things aren’t going well. I think I’m more mature than I was a year or two ago, even if on the pitch I’m the same player.