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'He is damaged'

Renato Sanches ‘thought he was joining Man United, Chelsea or PSG’

Former Swansea boss Paul Clement said Sanches appeared a 'boy who had almost got the weight of the world on his shoulders'

Renato Sanches is “more damaged” than people think and thought he was going to play for one of Manchester United, Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain rather than Swansea.

That’s according to former Swans boss Paul Clement, who brought the Portugal star to south Wales on loan by using his contacts at old club Bayern Munich.


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Renato Sanches has struggled to impress since joining Swansea

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Renato Sanches has struggled to impress since joining Swansea

Carlo Ancelotti’s former No 2 admits he thought Sanches was a “massive coup”.

But the midfielder has failed to impress during his stint in the Premier League – and part of that could be down to the fact he thought he was going to a bigger club.

Clement told the Times: “He wasn’t so keen [on coming to Swansea] initially.

“He thought he was going to go to Man United, Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portugal star expected big things when he moved to the Prem

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The Portugal star expected big things when he moved to the Prem

Paul Clement said Renato Sanches was sublime in training but not in games

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Paul Clement said Renato Sanches was sublime in training but not in games

“Bayern were saying, ‘You’re not going there, it would be the same situation, you’re not going to play’.

“When he came, he was far more damaged than I thought. It was really sad.

“He was a boy who had almost got the weight of the world on his shoulders.

“In training, when that pressure is not there, he was the best player.

Former Swans boss Paul Clement says Renato Sanches felt the pressure to prove people wrong

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Former Swans boss Paul Clement says Renato Sanches felt the pressure to prove people wrong

The Bayern Munich star thought he was joining a bigger club than Swansea

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The Bayern Munich star thought he was joining a bigger club than Swansea

“He could do things no one else could do. He’s got power, can go past people, got a shot on him.

“But then in games, I looked at the choices he was making, shooting from 45 yards on the angle, and he kept making those mistakes.

“He had a desire to please and a desire to prove everybody wrong. He got in a vicious cycle of poor choices.

“The other players were saying, ‘He’s playing like that and you’re not picking me,’ so it became difficult to pick him.”


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