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Renato Sanches has yet to find his feet at Swansea City since his highly anticipated move from Bayern Munich in the summer.
For one, the 20-year-old struggled to make an impression in Bayern's first team set-up last season, but his talents were rated by many and Paul Clement, among several European suitors, were eager to snap him up.
Sanches eventually chose Swansea because of Clement's influence and the former Bayern assistant put his faith in the midfielder by slotting him in the starting XI on a number of occasions this season.
Despite the faith shown by his manager, Clement has been forced to drop the midfielder from his squad in the weeks, and for now it seems that a return to Bayern is off the cards
The six minutes he played for Bayern during their Super Cup tie against Borussia Dortmund means that he can't find a new club in the near future as he is not allowed to play for three different teams in the same season.
Rumours emerged that Sanches could return to Bayern in January, but manager Jupp Heynckes has played down those rumours.
And the fact that he made a brief appearance for Bayern in August means that he will be stuck at the Liberty Stadium.
Clement has actually come out and confirmed that Sanches will remain at the club, playing down rumours that he will return to the Bundesliga.
"There is no news. He's been out of the last two squads, he's not very happy." Clement said via the BBC.
"I haven't had any specific communication with Bayern regarding Renato's current situation, it's just speculation. Contractually, I believe he's signed for us for the season, and there were no stipulations in there that he has to play this amount of games for him to stay for the full term.
As far as I know he's a player here for us for the season."
Jupp Heynckes on Renato Sanches: "There were no talks to bring him back. We are well stocked in midfield. I don't think we need more" pic.twitter.com/CH51EKOFYD
- Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) December 15, 2017
Will Renato Sanches prove to be a hit at Swansea? He has got plenty of time to prove himself, after all.
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