Renato Sanches has left Bayern Munich to join Lille on a four-year deal.


The two clubs confirmed the deal on Friday night.


Sanches, who joined Bayern as an 18-year-old in 2016 from Benfica, was largely confined to a minor substitute role with the Bundesliga champions.


The Portugal midfielder had spent the 2017/2018 season on loan at Swansea City and repeatedly tried to force through a move away from the Allianz Arena.


"Renato Sanches asked us for the transfer because he wanted to join a club where he can play continuously.


"We could not guarantee that at Bayern. It is also important for him to get match practice because he wants to earn a spot on the Portugal team for Euro 2020," Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement.


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