Matthaus: Sanchez didn’t deserve more match time

Renato Sanchez

Lothar Matthaus is of the opinion that FC Bayern München’s Renato Sanchez is one of the Bundesliga’s biggest disappointments after failing to make an impression following his big-money move from Benfica.

Sanchez, who was only 18 at the time of his €35m transfer, caught the attention of the footballing world with several stunning displays for both his club and Portugal in their successful 2016 European Championship campaign.

Several clubs were reportedly chasing the teenager, who was the recipient of both the Golden Boy and Euro Young Player of the Tournament awards, but it was ultimately Carlo Ancelotti’s side who managed to secure his signature.

Despite his undoubted talent, the midfielder has found life in the Bundesliga extremely challenging and failed to make an impression with the German champions.

“Bayern’s Renato Sanches may still be young and a move abroad difficult but you would expect more minutes with a €35m transfer fee,” Mathaus wrote in his weekly column for Sport Bild But Sanches didn’t deserve to play more,” the German football legend added.

To the player’s credit, he was humble enough to admit that his performances for his new club lacked quality and assured supporters that he has every intention to improve in the upcoming season.

“Honestly, I have to say my first season here wasn’t particularly good,” he told reporters. “But I won’t let it get me down and I’m certain the coming season will be better for me.

“Personally speaking, I expected more in my first year, but next year will definitely be better,” he added.

Mathaus also singled out Dortmund’s Andre Schurrle and Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo for the dubious honour of flops of the season.

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