Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says they were left with “no choice” but to discipline Jadon Sancho following his recent transgression.
The 19-year-old England winger made headlines after he was fined by the Bundesliga powerhouse for returning late from international duty in October.
Why did Sancho face disciplinary action? Five things to know…
- Jadon Sancho swapped Man City for Borussia Dortmund in August 2017.
- He’s since made 75 appearances in all competitions, registering 23 goals and 33 assists.
- This season has been marred by off-field disciplinary issues, notably being fined after turning up late from international duty.
- BVB sporting director Michael Zorc feels he gave them “no choice” but to punish him.
- Man Utd and Chelsea have been heavily associated with his signature.
He was also subbed off in their humbling 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich after 36 minutes last month, while BVB boss Lucien Favre placed him on the bench against Barcelona following his late arrival to a team meeting.
Such incidents have only fuelled speculation that Sancho could be on his way out. His name has been uttered in the same sentence as Premier League giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Sancho sees his present Dortmund deal expire in June 2022, while all of this drama has overshadowed what a revelation he’s proven to be since moving to North Rhine-Westphalia.
Since opting to leave England in August 2017 he’s gone on to make no fewer than 75 appearances, registering 23 goals and 33 appearances in the process. It’s also easy to forget Sancho is still a teenager and he needs boundaries, which Zorc has explained, though he was also quick to praise his selflessness in their recent 2-1 win at Hertha Berlin.
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“Jadon is still in the process of growing up and finding perfect professional behaviour, so he needs guidelines and help, and we’ll give him that,” he told German magazine Kicker.
“You have no choice – you have to maintain team discipline. You have to act as a club at some point. Jadon worked brutally to track back when Mats Hummels was sent off against Berlin.”