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Ancelotti: Sanches can leave Bayern, no problem

13:18 WAT 25/08/2017
AC Milan and Liverpool have been credited with an interest in the midfielder, who will be allowed to depart Munich if he wants

Renato Sanches is free to leave Bayern Munich if he wants to, coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

Sanches has been courted by AC Milan throughout the summer and has recently been linked Liverpool as an option to boost their options, with Philippe Coutinho's future uncertain and Adam Lallana sidelined for up to two months.

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The Portugal international has failed to make an impact at the Allianz Arena since completing a move from Benfica in a €35 million deal last July, and Ancelotti would not prevent the 20-year-old from departing. 

"He knows his position in the team. He knows there is much competition," explained Ancelotti.

"If he stays I am satisfied. If he wants to leave it's okay as well. No problem."

Sanches was an unused substitute as Bayern kicked off their Bundesliga title defence with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen last Friday.

Ancelotti's side travel to Werder Bremen on Saturday and the Italian expects a difficult encounter, having edged to a 2-1 win at the Weserstadion in January.

"Last season it was a very difficult game in Bremen," he said. "Our legs will be a lot fitter than they were against Leverkusen.

"My team this year is better than last year. If everyone is fit, we will be competitive."

The Bayern boss also confirmed James Rodriguez continues to undertake individual training and "is on track" in his recovery from a thigh problem.