Renato Sanches has been labelled as damaged by his former Swansea City boss Paul Clement, who claimed that the midfielder believed he was going to join one of Europe’s premier clubs.
He worked with Sanches during their time together at Bayern Munich and pulled some strings to take him on loan for the current campaign.
However, he has flattered to deceive so far in the Premier League despite the Swans paying 8.5 million euros to take him on loan, and Clement outlined why he believes things perhaps haven’t worked out for the former Golden Boy.
“I was with him for six months in the Bundesliga and when [Carlo] Ancelotti told me I could get Renato, I didn’t hesitate,” said Clement.
“Bayern wanted him to come to a team where he would play and when he did arrive, he was far more damaged than I thought.
“It was really sad because he was a boy who almost had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
“Initially, he wasn’t too keen himself on coming to Swansea either because he thought he was going to join Man United, Chelsea or PSG.”
Clement did credit the Portugal international with possessing immense talent, which he often displayed away from the glare of the spotlights, but was also critical of the continued errors and poor decisions Sanches has made.
“In training, without any pressure on him, he was the best player,” Clement continued.
“He could do things that nobody else could because he has power, can go past a player and has a good shot.
“But then I would see the choices he made in games, like shooting from an angle from 45 yards and he kept repeating those mistakes.
“He wanted to please and had a desire to prove everybody wrong but just got caught up in a vicious cycle of poor choices.”