Swansea boss Paul Clement has rubbished the suggestion that on-loan Renato Sanches could return to parent club FC Bayern Munich in January.
The signing of Sanches on a season-long loan was seen as a coup when Swansea landed the £30million midfielder during the summer.
However, the 20-year-old’s 10 outings this season have been consistently poor and he hasn’t even made the bench for Swansea’s last two games.
That prompted speculation that the loan could be terminated, although Clement insists that is not the case.
“He’s been out of the last two squads which isn’t a good situation for Renato,” said Clement.
“He’s not very happy about it but his reaction is very good in training, he’s very motivated and knows what he needs to do.
“I haven’t had any communication with Bayern about Renato’s current situation. I believe it’s come out of a news source in Portugal, so it’s just speculation nothing more than that. As far as I know he’s a player here for us for the season.
“You can’t expect to keep getting picked if you’re not performing. Renato is a very good player and I believe he can make a contribution for us. But in order for him to do that he needs to start playing up to his potential and when he does that he’ll feature a lot more.”
Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes was equally baffled by the reports after speaking with the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
Heynckes said: “Like [Serge] Gnabry at Hoffenheim or Sanches at Swansea. I assume that he talked to him on the phone, but there were no talks about getting him back now in the winter. So that rumour surprises me.”