Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says “it’s not a question of money” in regards to Jadon Sancho’s future at the club.
The England international has seen his name closely associated with a move away from the Westfalenstadion in recent weeks, but Watzke is adamant his prized asset is “very happy” at the Bundesliga club.
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- Sancho has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since leaving Man City for Dortmund in 2017.
- The teenager has been directly involved in 72 goals across 88 appearances for the club (31 goals, 41 assists).
- As such, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with Sancho’s signature.
- Earlier this year Sky Sports reported that Sancho could leave this summer, but a transfer would cost prospective buyers circa £100m.
- Watzke has now sought to diffuse transfer speculation, suggesting Dortmund don’t necessarily need to sell Sancho.
Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on the talented winger, according to some quarters.
However, Dortmund are adamant they will not be tempted to sell Sancho even if a sizeable offer is put on the table, as Watzke suggests there is no financial strain on the club which means they do not need to sell star players to raise funds this summer.
“It’s not a question of money,” Watzke told BBC Sport. “For us, it would be the best position if he stays at Borussia Dortmund.
“We have enough money. We want to have titles. I think this team has a lot more potential with Jadon than without Jadon.”
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“I don’t think he wants to leave”
Dortmund have been in scintillating form of late, owing to the swathe of young talent available to Lucien Favre, with Sancho and Erling Braut Haland helping the club climb to third in the Bundesliga and a secure 2-1 advantage over PSG in the Champions League last 16.
Sancho, in particular, has been enjoying another prolific campaign, which has naturally raised the question of a departure to one of England’s elite, but Watzke believes the youngster has no intention of leaving in the foreseeable future.
“I think he has the feeling that the club does have a good future,” Watzke added.
“In my opinion, I don’t think he wants to leave.”