Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says a “super club” made an approach for Jadon Sancho earlier this year.
The enquiry was swiftly turned down by Dortmund, and Sancho has made another impressive start to the season with a goal and an assist against Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup.
Sancho’s impressive 2018/19: Five key things to know…
- After making his Dortmund debut in 2017/18, Sancho became a key player in 2018/19.
- The 19-year-old scored 13 goals last season including 12 in the Bundesliga.
- By February, he had become the youngest-ever player to score eight Bundesliga goals in a single season.
- His form earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad.
- The teenager was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer.
Sancho, who was linked with Manchester United throughout the summer, scored with a scintillating solo effort against Bayern, suggesting he could be set for another stellar Bundesliga campaign with Dortmund.
And Watzke has been talking up the 19-year-old’s potential while insisting there was never a chance he was going to leave the club this year.
“A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again,” Watzke said.
“He knew I meant what I said.
“There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.”
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Despite Dortmund’s ease in retaining Sancho this summer, Watzke admitted the England’s international’s attributes mean his future will be looked at against next year.
Watzke added: “He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it.
“When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year.
“Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”
Dortmund kick off their Bundesliga campaign against Augsburg at home this weekend.