A declaration of allegiance sounds really different now. After Renato Sanches, ex-FC Bayern midfielder, sensationally celebrated the French championship with OSC Lille last year, he is now openly flirting with saying goodbye next summer. The Portuguese himself brought up possible new clubs.
So far, the ex-Bayern star has made no move to extend his contract with the reigning Ligue 1 champion, which expires in 2023. Instead, Renato Sanches openly flirted with taking the next stage of his professional career.
The 2016 European champions have already publicly expressed their readiness to leave Lille, for whom he has featured since 2019 and has made 56 league appearances (five goals) so far.
When asked about possible interest from Italy or England, Renato Sanches is now quoted in the English “Mirror” with fairly precise statements: “Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested, but I don’t know. I spoke to my agent. I know which clubs call me but I can’t say right now.”
Should there be a serious interest from a top club, the midfielder emphasized that he wants to deal with it: “I know I’m ready. If an offer comes, I’ll find out what’s best for me,” said the 32 -time national player.
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Renato Sanches was a key support at OSC Lille on the way to the surprise championship in 2021. In the season he made 23 league appearances for Lille, who sensationally celebrated the championship in front of industry giants Paris Saint-Germain. The club from northern France are currently going through a difficult season as defending champions and are only tenth after 22 match days.
In the English media, Renato Sanches has long been considered a potential successor to ex-Gladbacher Granit Xhaka at Arsenal, who is repeatedly associated with a departure from London.
“I’ve already spoken to him. If an offer comes from a big club, Renato can go,” OSC club president Olivier Letang had already publicly promised Sanches’ farewell.
The native of Lisbon played a total of 35 Bundesliga games for FC Bayern, in which he scored a goal.