Lille midfielder Renato Sanches has disclosed that an injury hijacked his move of joining Barcelona and La Liga last summer. So, Renato Sanches’ injury prevented his football transfer to Barcelona, which was all the rave in August’s summer transfer window.
In France, the Portugal international has resurrected his career, playing a key role in Lille’s Ligue 1 title victory. They snubbed Paris Saint-Germain’s undefeated title run to instead snatch the French domestic title for themselves last season.
Sanches has been attracting Europe’s biggest names again, having recently explored possible moves to England’s Arsenal and Italy’s AC Milan.
Then, in the summer of 2021, he disclosed in an interview with L’Equipe that he was scheduled to join Barcelona.
However, that move never manifested, the midfielder is still at Lille – and here’s why.
Renato Sanches’ Injury Prevented His Football Transfer to Barcelona
Lille player Renato Sanches had to stay put, instead of joining Barcelona, due to a hamstring ailment that necessitated surgery.
“Many clubs were interested this summer, when I sustained the injury, I understood that I would have stayed at Lille,” Sanches said.
He revealed: “It was all done with Barcelona, I think it all collapsed because of the injury.”
Sanches then also discussed his move to Bayern Munich when he was 19 years old.
He stated that he wasn’t ready for such a significant jump in his career. But now, by his own admission, he has had better preparation to handle the pressures of playing for a top team.
“When I arrived at Bayern Munich, I was not ready to play in such a club,” Sanches admitted.
“I was very young. And when I got ready, the opportunity to play with this team never came,” he added.
“Today I feel ready. I understand football better, I have more experience, I know what to do to play in this kind of club and that changes everything.”
Sanches’ Lille have struggled in their quest to defend and retain their French title. They are sitting in 12th place, which is 20 points behind the current league leaders PSG.