An inevitably special meeting. This Wednesday evening, Renato Sanches (23) should start against the France team. Five years ago, it was against the Blues that he won the Euro with Portugal before flying to Bayern Munich. Today, the midfielder, champion of France with Lille, where he has been playing since the summer of 2019, challenges the Tricolores in a pivotal match for the future of his Seleção in the tournament … and perhaps his own .
Under contract until June 2024, will the Lusitanian international (28 caps, 2 goals) still be at LOSC next season? Asked by The Athletic, its president Olivier Létang took stock of the situation. “Renato is a more experienced player, a more mature man. He improved his football. There are already a few clubs interested, because we had a conversation recently. But everyone must find their way around for a departure to take place ”, he explained before continuing.
Lille is listening
“I don’t know if Renato will stay with us or not. We’ll see. But, as a top top player, it is logical that some big clubs show their interest in him ”. Influential during the conquest of the title with 1 goal and 3 assists in 23 appearances in Ligue 1, the former Benfica would appear on the shelves of Liverpool, Wolverhampton and a few Serie A leaders. Things are clear between the Portuguese and the Mastiffs.
“We spoke with Renato, he is happy to stay. But on the other hand, if there is a very good opportunity for him to go to a top club, we have agreed to discuss again when the time comes ”, concluded his boss. In other words, Lille is ready to lose it this summer. But not at any price, after having recruited him for more than 20 M €. The tone is set.