Clement delighted with Renato reunion

31st August 2017
First team

Swansea City manager Paul Clement has revealed that the arrival of marquee signing Renato Sanches was months in the making.

Europe’s ‘Golden Boy’ completed a season-long loan deal from Bayern Munich today with pundits already describing the capture as one of the signings of the summer.

And with Sanches, 20, due to arrive in Swansea in the middle of next week following international duties with Portugal, Clement revealed he had been pursuing his signature all summer.

“I first contacted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is chief executive at Bayern Munich, early in the summer,’’ explained Clement who worked with Sanches for six months during his time as assistant-manager at the Allianz Arena.

“He explained that no decision had been made about Sanches’ future, but that a number of clubs were interested in him. I spoke to him again a week ago, together with manager Carlo Ancelotti and the player’s representatives. They all felt that Swansea was the perfect destination for him.

“They felt Swansea was a place he could be coached and developed - and where he would play more regularly.

“I'd like to thank Karl and Carlo for showing their trust in the club and myself as a coach by allowing Sanches to come.

“I’m sure he will get a warm Welsh welcome next week and we wish him great success with this.’’