Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich chairman believes Renato Sanches has the goods to take over from Xabi Alonso.
After four years with Bayern Munich, the former Spain international announced he’ll be retiring at the end of the season.
This has prompted news that Bayern will be looking to buy a replacement, but according to Rummenigge, they might just look to Sanches instead.
The chairman’s support comes despite a tough start to life in Germany for Sanches, the 19-year-old struggling to live up to the high expectations following his move from Benfica last year.
“Our plan is for Renato Sanches to follow in Xabi Alonso’s footsteps,” the Bayern supremo told Sport Bild.
“That is the reason why we signed him ahead of this season.
“He definitely has the quality for it, although we might have to be a bit patient.”