Renato Sanches discusses failed Barcelona move

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Little midfielder Renato Sanches has revealed that an injury prevented him from signing for Barcelona last summer.

The Portuguese national team player has turned his career around in France and played a crucial role when Lille took Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title last season.

Sanches has attracted Europe’s biggest name again – he has recently discussed potential moves to Arsenal and AC Milan – and revealed in an interview with L’Equipe that he was supposed to join Barcelona during the summer transfer window in 2021. But a hoarding injury that required surgery to fix meant he had to stay.

“Many clubs were interested this summer, when I suffered the injury I understood that I would have stayed in Lille,” he said.

“It was clear with Barcelona, ​​I think it all collapsed due to the injury.”

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Sanches opened for his move to Bayern Munich at the age of 19. He admitted that he was not ready for such a big step in his career, but now he would be better prepared for the pressure of playing for an elite club.

“When I came to Bayern Munich I was not ready to play in such a club,” he added.

“I was very young. And when I finished, the opportunity never came to play with this team.

“Today I feel ready. I understand football better, I have more experience, I know what to do to play in this type of club and it changes everything.”

Sanchez Lille have struggled in their quest to retain the French title, and are in 12th place and 20 points behind leader PSG.

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