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Renato Sanches blow for Manchester United as Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge looks to loan out Portugal winger

James Rodriguez has joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal to push Sanches further down the pecking order

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Renato Sanches will only be allowed to leave on loan next season.

And that would be a blow to any lingering hopes Manchester United had of signing the Portuguese ace.

Renato Sanches will only be allowed to leave Bayern on loan

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Renato Sanches will only be allowed to leave Bayern on loan

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge does not to sell Sanches

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge does not to sell Sanches

Sanches, 19, snubbed United to join Bayern from Benfica last May in a deal worth an initial 35million euros (£31m).

But after winning Euro 2016, he found his opportunities limited under Carlo Ancelotti last season.

He made 25 appearances for Bayern, but started just SIX Bundesliga games.

And, despite Bayern storming to the title, he failed to score a single goal for club or country all season.

His hopes of getting regular action at the Allianz Arena now look increasingly bleak after the club announced they were signing James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal.

Rummenigge now says he is open to the starlet going out on loan in a bid to get his development back on track.

Sanches (far left) spent more time than he would have liked on the bench last season

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Sanches (far left) spent more time than he would have liked on the bench last season

He said: “Renato Sanches did not have an easy first year here and it is very important that he plays with some continuity.

“We will still decide whether he stays with the team or if he is loaned, after we have made all our purchases.

Renato Sanches nets against Poland at Euro 2016

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Renato Sanches nets against Poland at Euro 2016

The former Benfica starlet ended up winning the tournament

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The former Benfica starlet ended up winning the tournament

“He urgently needs to play after the last half of the season, which was neither satisfactory for him nor for the club.”

Sanches was forced to issue an apology recently after posting a “tasteless” video showing him smelling wads of cash.