Renato Sanches says he ready to shake off a disappointing couple of years and finally make an impact for Bayern Munich this season.
The Portugal international, who joined from Benfica two years ago shortly after helping his country win Euro 2016, was sent out on loan last season to Premier League side Swansea City although he struggled to adapt.
The 21-year-old made 12 appearances for the Swans but was criticised at times for his performances, while a thigh injury also restricted his progress.
Sanches is now fit and although he has yet to play for Bayern this season, the youngster says he’s available when needed as he shrugged off reports he will have to go out on loan again in order to get game time.
“I’m ready to play here this season,” he told FCB.tv. “I have no weaknesses; I’m strong. My aim is to play here and stay at Bayern as long as possible.
I feel very happy here and it’s an honour for me since Bayern are one of the best clubs in the world – anybody would love to play here and I want to work hard now and give everything I’ve got.”
Sanches hopes new coach Niko Kovac will give him the chance to impress sooner rather than later and is determined to take his opportunity when it arrives.
He added: “Of course I’m happy with the new coach – it’s a new opportunity for me to show what I can do again.
“He’s a coach who pushes his players to perform and that’s something I’m very happy about because I know I can fulfil the expectations.”