Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has today ruled out a summer departure for midfielder Renato Sanches.
Sanches arrived in Bavaria last summer from Benfica with weighty expectations on his young shoulders, having played a starring role as Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 trophy.
However, the 19-year-old managed just 25 appearances all season under coach Carlo Ancelotti, the majority of which came from the bench.
His performances, when given a chance, were underwhelming to say the least, with Sanches failing to register a single goal or assist over the course of the entire campaign.
As a result of his struggles in Bavaria, a number of top European clubs were reported to have expressed an interest in taking Sanches on loan for the coming season, with AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United the most heavily linked.
However, Bayern proved a tough nut to crack regarding a Sanches departure, with AC Milan rumoured to have seen a permanent offer of between 45 and 50 million Euro rebuffed by the Bundesliga champions last week.
And today, despite having previously intimated that the youngster would likely not be a part of his squad come the start of the 2017/18 season, Die Roten boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Sanches will in fact remain with the club this summer.
Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, the Italian tactician divulged:
‘Renato Sanches will stay with us until the end of the transfer window.’