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Lille sign Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich

Publish on 24/08/2019 at 00:07

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LOSC have completed the signing of Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich, the 22-year-old putting pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Sanches was regarded as one of the brightest young talents in world football after winning the UEFA European Championship with his country in 2016 before being voted that year's European Golden Boy.

His progress rather stalled on leaving Benfica for Bayern, though, with just two goals and two assists to show for his 53 appearances in all competitions for the German champions in the three years since.

"My wish was to join LOSC and I'm really happy to be here," said a delighted Sanches on signing a deal which runs until 2024. "I was very well received and I hope everything will be fine for me.

"I've been in contact with [sporting director] Luis Campos for a long time. His words and the project with [president] Gerard Lopez convinced me, as well as the confidence they've shown in me. I talked a lot with [Portugal teammate and LOSC centre-back] José Fonte, I always got on well with him. I don't know all my other teammates well, but I can't wait to meet them all. Go LOSC!"

Sanches - who spent the 2018-18 season on loan at Swansea City - will have his first chance to repay that confidence on Wednesday, when Les Dogues welcome AS Saint-Etienne to the north of France for their Week 3 encounter.