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Swansea boss Clement hails ”one of Europe’s elite young talents” after signing Sanches

Date Posted,August 30, 2017

Paul Clement claimed Golden Boy Renato Sanches will be perfect for the Premier League after Swansea signed the Portuguese star on a stunning season-long loan.

The Bayern Munich midfielder, who cost £27.5m last summer, won the Golden Boy Award as the best Under-21 player in Europe last year.

He was also voted Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 after helping to knock Wales out in the semi-finals.

Now the 20-year-old will arrive in the Principality as the high-profile replacement for the departed Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Former Bayern assistant Clement coached Sanches in Bavaria last season before he took the job at the Liberty Stadium in January.

Sanches has struggled for first-team action at Bayern (Image: AFP)

And he used his strong relationship with Carlo Ancelotti and the German club to pull off one of the deals of the summer for a £4m loan fee.

“I’m delighted to secure his services,” said the Swans boss. “He is one of Europe’s elite young talents who has already achieved a lot for his age, including winning Euro 2016 with Portugal.

“Having moved from Benfica to Bayern Munich, he has not played as much as he would have liked. But this move to Swansea and the Premier League will provide him with a real positive development experience.

“As a player he is a dynamic, powerful central midfielder who I believe has all the attributes to suit the Premier League.”

Clement has hailed Sanches (Image: Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Sanches made only six Bundesliga starts and failed to score or provide an assist in 26 appearances last season.

Milan wanted to buy Sanches – or at least have an option to buy in a loan deal – but the German side want him to play regularly for a year under Clement and then return to the Allianz Arena.

Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “We remain convinced he has the potential to become an important player for FC Bayern in the future.

Clement explained: “I first contacted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge early in the summer. He explained that no decision had been made about Sanches’ future but that a number of clubs were interested in him.

Clement’s relationship with Ancelotti helped get the deal over the line (Image: Getty)

“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.”

Sanches will wear the No.35 shirt he wore at Benfica after Premier League refused his request to register No.85.

Swansea broke their then transfer record to sign Bony for £12m in the summer 2013 – and then scored more Premier League goals than any player in 2014.

The Ivory Coast striker was sold to City for £28m in January 2015 but contracted malaria that summer – and was then loaned out to Stoke where his last appearance was on December 27.

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