Renato Sanches’ performances at Benfica have suffered due to the speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, according to psychologist Jorge Silvério.
Man United are said to have scouted Sanches on a number of occasions this season and they are reportedly ready to make a move for the 18-year-old worth £46m.
Silvério believes the rumours surrounding Sanches’ future has affected his performances on the pitch as the season draws to a close.
“Although the athletes have agents and they tell them not to worry, it’s very likely that a 18-year-old can suffer from these moves,” Silvério said.
“The news and information have an impact on personal and sports life and this information, combined with a lot of use (playing), helps to explain the decrease in his performances.”
It is understandable for such a young player to be affected by the rumours, particularly with the huge fee that is being touted.
There is also the physical toll that Sanches’ body must be coming under. The youngster has featured for Benfica’s first team on 34 occasions in all competitions this term, scoring five goals.
It is a pressured situation and it is important that Sanches’ mental wellbeing is not compromised. A potential move to United, with big sums of money involved, carries with it certain expectations and both parties should ensure that any deal is handled smoothly and with a minimum of fuss. Supporters, too, should not expect too much from Sanches too early if he does make the switch, as it will take time for him to bed into his new surroundings.