Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has rejected speculation linking Jadon Sancho with a move to Manchester United this summer.
The teenage tyro has established himself as one of the hottest prospects in world football this season, sparking rumours of interest from the Premier League.
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- Man Utd tried to sign Sancho from Man City before he left for Dortmund in 2017.
- Since signing for Die Borussen Sancho has scored 10 goals and registered 21 assists in 47 matches.
- As such Sancho has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Man Utd a possible destination.
- However, Zorc has since rubbished the claims, saying the club are planning for next season with Sancho in mind.
- At present no player has completed more dribbles (83) or registered more assists (12) than Sancho in the Bundesliga.
Since leaving the Etihad in 2017 Sancho has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence, becoming a first-team regular for both England and Dortmund.
Naturally this has alerted the attention of Europe’s elite clubs, but Zorc has poured cold water on possible rumours, insisting the fledgling forward is an essential part of their plans for next season.
“I don’t know anything about that and it has no relevance,” he told BILD.
“I’m far from putting a price tag on Jadon, but I will say that, even for the biggest club in the world, his transfer would be difficult right now.
“Jadon will play at Dortmund next season and we are definitely planning with him.”
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Backing up Zorc’s comments, managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that clubs are ‘queuing up’ for both Sancho and Manuel Akanji, but stressed that Dortmund want to keep the pair for ‘at least one more season’.
“This certainly applies to Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji,” Watzke said when asked if Dortmund are looking to keep hold of their star talent.
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“The interested parties are already queuing up. They are two of the top performers in the Dortmund team. Therefore, the club should have determined that both should wear the black and yellow jersey for at least one more season.”
Sancho names Man Utd inspiration
Zorc may very well have rejected claims of a possible switch to Old Trafford for Sancho, but that doesn’t mean the teenage winger hasn’t been keeping a keen eye on proceedings in the North West.
Sancho is currently on international duty with England, where he played a key role in the 5-0 demolition of the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday; and he has named one of his Three Lions teammates as a model of inspiration.
Naturally Kylian Mbappe was up there as one of the star players to aspire to, but he also placed a certain Man Utd player alongside the World Cup winner.
“There are the likes of Mbappe doing crazy things at Paris Saint-Germain, and they’re the kind of people I need to compete with because I’m so young and he’s so young,” Sancho explained.
“That always pushes me when I see Mbappe, Marcus Rashford doing well, because I know they’re probably looking at me and seeing what I’m doing and it’s probably pushing them as well.”