Renato Sanches has revealed the reasons behind his decision not to join Manchester United last summer, claiming he opted instead to play under Carlo Ancelotti with ‘world-class’ stars.
The Bayern Munich midfielder lit up Euro 2016 with Portugal, being named Young Player of the tournament out in France to pave the way for a £30million move from Benfica to the Bundesliga champions.
Jose Mourinho had hoped to make Sanches one of his first signings at Old Trafford after his appointment, but the 19-year-old has revealed why he snubbed a move to the Premier League.
Bayern] really put in a lot of effort and I immediately got a feeling the people in charge believed in me as a player. That was the decisive factor behind my decision to join.
‘Ancelotti always looks calm and in charge. You can just see he has a lot of experience. He is getting involved with his players a lot and is helping players to make individual progress.
‘But I am also playing alongside a lot of world-class players here. I can learn from all of them, especially from the players who play in midfield like Arturo Vidal, Xabi Alonso and Thiago Alcantara.’
Sanches’ deal at the Allianz Arena could eventually rise to £68m, based on achievements and appearances, and the Portuguese teenager has played 23 times so far in his maiden campaign.
United are currently fifth in the Premier League and struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Their progress in the Europa League is in the balance after a 1-1 draw in the quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht.
Bayern, meanwhile, lead the Bundesliga by 10 points and Sanches can still win a treble in his first season in Germany although Real Madrid’s 2-1 win in Munich this week means they have it all to do in the Champions League.