Renato Sanches has insisted he is ready to fight for his place at Bayern Munich after two seasons on the wayside.
Sanches, 20, has failed to make his mark with the Bavarian giants since making the €35m switch to Germany in 2016 following a stunning display with Portugal in the European Championships.
However, the midfielder, in what could be his final season to impress, has made the first step to a return to form after delivering a man of the match performance during the club's pre-season friendly against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week.
Sanches' performance coincided with Niko Kovac's first game at the helm of Bayern, and he was duly impressed by the 20-year-old's display and commitment in training as he seemingly ruled out another exit for the midfielder this summer.
He said, via Sport Bild: "He will certainly make many good games for Bayern this season."
People forget he is just 20 years old.— hrivi (@hrivi) July 23, 2018
Sanches himself is confident of making an impact for Bayern this term as he told Sport1, via Bundesliga.com: "I'm proud to be a player here and to have a contract until 2021, which I intend to fulfil. I want to establish myself with Bayern. I feel that I’ve arrived now.
"My smile was always there, I've never lost that, but now I feel that I'm more mature, so maybe that gives me a different perspective on a lot of things.
"I feel very good this year, I feel prepared to play here. I am very happy because being at Bayern is a great experience. I am one of the best clubs in the world, a lot of players want to play here, and if I'm here, I have to work and give my best to continue.
"I like to work with him [Kovac], he manages to address each and every player individually. That's important to me, but also to the whole team," he added.
The 20-year-old made 25 appearances in all competitions in his debut campaign with the German side, with a subsequent loan spell with Swansea last term failing to have the desired impact after injury and poor form limited him to just 12 Premier League games.