Speaking to La Voix du Nord, Lille Sporting Director Luis Campos explained with Portuguese international central midfielder Renato Sanches did not immediately hit the ground running when he joined the Ligue 1 club this summer from Bayern Munich for a reported €20m.
“To improve, a player needs to respect three things that often move at different speeds: adaptation, maturity and opportunity. Renato received enormous support from everyone at this club. We repeated to him of the need to be patient because he has a 5-year contract with us. We need a high-performing Renato but on the condition that this lasts. He had a lot of stress and anxiety with this transfer and he has paid for that. Christophe (Galtier) has shown his skill in dealing with this situation and from the moment when the player is listening, it is easier. We are going to help him to adapt and to respect the three things I talked about. In my opinion, Renato is currently playing at 40% of his potential.”