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Renato Sanches is Older Than He Says He is According to Legendary French Coach Guy Roux

Renato Sanches is Older Than He Says He is According to Legendary French Coach Guy Roux

Renato Sanches is living the dream – with the youngster sealing a move to Bayern Munich earlier in the summer and currently being on the verge of playing in the final of Euro 2016.

The ex-Benfica star is also one of the brightest young talents in Europe, well, maybe not the youngest…

Yes, Guy Roux – who was in charge of Ligue 1 side Auxerre for an astonishing 46 years – claims Sanches isn’t as young as he says he is.

The Portugal international is widely recognised as being 18-years old, a factor which makes his meteoric rise from the Primeira Liga all the more impressive.

His age also means he is the youngest player to ever represent his national team at a competitive tournament.

Yet Roux believes Sanches is actually 5 or 6 years older than everyone thinks.

Speaking to Romanian website Dolce Sport, Roux said: “Yes, he says he is 18 years old but he must look at his past.

“Sanches’ birth was declared many years later. The date is not true.

“I believe he is 23 or 24 years old — but he is a very good player.”

Sanches isn’t the first player to have questions raised around the subject of his age.

Former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o was plagued with doubts surrounding his age during his playing career.

Meanwhile Lazio midfielder Joseph Minala became an internet sensation after a report was released claiming he wasn’t 17-years old and was actually 42.

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