Rummenigge: Sanches can fill Alonso boots


FC Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the club has the natural heir to Xabi Alonso in off-season signing Renato Sanches.

The 35-year-old Alonso announced last week his decision to retire at the end of the season. He ends a glittering career that saw him win trophies in three different countries and dominate with the Spain national team.

Sanches traded his native Portugal for Germany when he left Benfica to join Bayern in July. So far, he has only shown glimpses of his true potential in 20 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Rummenigge is not too concerned about the 19-year-old’s performances at this stage, and he has faith in his abilities to succeed veteran Spanish midfielder Alonso at the Allianz Arena.

“We hope Renato Sanches follows in Alonso’s footsteps – that’s why we signed him,” Rummenigge told Bild.

“He has all the necessary qualities, but we will have to be patient with him.”