Renato Sanches Says He's 'Not Happy' at Bayern Munich, Considering a Transfer

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2019

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Renato Sanches of Bayern Muenchen looks dejected after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Liverpool at Allianz Arena on March 13, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches is considering leaving the club because he's not happy with the game time he's getting. 

The 21-year-old has made just 21 appearances this season, averaging only 34 minutes on the pitch per outing.

He told German outlet Kicker (h/t Goal): "I'm not happy here, I work a lot, but I'm not allowed to play. I want to play more, maybe at a different club, I have to worry about that."

Amid interest in him from Paris Saint-Germain in January, Bayern boss Niko Kovac said he was happy with Sanches, per Goal's Ronan Murphy and Scouted Football:

Ronan Murphy @swearimnotpaul

Niko Kovac says Renato Sanches will not be sold: "PSG was and still is interested, but I said that it will not happen. I think he's doing really well. I know, PSG has one or two problems in midfield, but that's not our problem, I'm very happy with Renato.” #PSG #FCBayern

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

Niko Kovač on Renato Sanches: "I'm really pleased with Renato and convinced he'll play a lot of games in the rest of this season. "We could have nine games in 30 days in April, which is a hell of a lot, and we’ll need every player." Staying put, for the time being. https://t.co/9626ebRhtK

He has made just five substitute appearances since then, though, totalling 50 minutes of playing time.

It was something of a surprise to see him brought on with Bayern trailing against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League:

Goal @goal

Renato Sanches on to try to save Bayern. Seriously? #BAYLIV #UCL https://t.co/RVeUvl2iME

The youngster was unable to make an impact, though, and Bayern ultimately lost 3-1.

He was also given a two-minute run-out in the first leg of the last-16 tie at Anfield, but football journalist Sam Cunningham suggested at the time the Reds would not be intimidated by his introduction:

Sam Cunningham @samcunningham

Renato Sanches comes on and having seen him play on loan at Swansea Liverpool's central midfield relax.

Bayern signed him as an 18-year-old back in 2016, splashing out an initial €35 million to prise him away from Benfica, with add-ons that could potentially see his cost total €80 million.

Sanches won the Golden Boy award that year and was also named Young Player of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 2016 after helping Portugal lift the trophy in France.

He made just nine starts in his debut campaign with Bayern, though, and was loaned out to Swansea City last season, but form and fitness issues limited him to just 15 appearances as the Swans were relegated from the Premier League.

When Sanches burst onto the scene with Benfica, he seemed to have it all—technique, physicality, dynamism and tenacity.

His lack of game time in recent years has stalled his development, though, and his situation at Bayern does not seem promising.

A fresh start elsewhere—at a club more stable than Swansea, who made their fourth managerial change in 15 months while Sanches was there—could help him get his career back on track.