Alex Mott

Bayern stars already missing 'great guy' Renato Sanches

Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer has admitted that it’s a shame Rentao Sanches is no longer at the club.

The Portuguese youngster left Bavaria after three years this summer in a €25m switch to Lille.

It was a frustrating few seasons for Sanches at the Allianz Arena – failing to establish himself in the first team and never fully realising his earlier potential.

But Neuer has praised his former teammate, for his off-field presence as well as his performances on it.

“I’ve contacted him personally again, he’s a great guy and I think it’s too bad he’s not with us anymore,” Neuer told reporters.

The Bundesliga champions opted not to pursue Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca as his replacement.