New Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal is keen to show faith in on-loan midfielder Renato Sanches.

Speaking following his appointment on Thursday, Carvalhal reflected on his fellow countryman’s mixed tenure as a Swansea player but believes he can improve under his guidance.

He said: “I think he (Sanches) needs confidence.

“It is easy to forget because he has played for Benfica and the Portuguese national team that he is still only a kid.

“He is still learning and I think he needs a role in the team.

“With time he will understand all the different roles the players have in the team.

“But he will be involved in the dynamic and, when he understands what we want, he will be a completely different player. We believe that.”

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Sanches signed for the Swans in the summer on a year-long loan from Bayern Munich however has struggled in the Premier League with the club also enduring a very tough time in the top-flight.

The Portuguese has made ten appearances for Swansea an has been in and out of the squad, partly due to injuries and bad form.

However, now with a clean slate under a new manager, the 2016 Golden Boy winner will be looking to come back into the starting XI and improve before returning to Germany next summer.