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Jadon Sancho’s long-term future is undecided, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:02, 30 September 2019

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says you don’t have to be a “prophet” to know that Jadon Sancho will not be at the club in five years’ time.

The 19-year-old English forward has grown in stature following his move from Manchester City in 2017 and was heavily linked with their rivals Manchester United over the summer.

The rise and rise of Sancho: Five key things to know…

  • Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in August 2017.
  • He’s gone on to make 64 appearances for the club, registering 18 goals and 29 assists.
  • His performances have attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Man Utd.
  • Sancho’s present deal expires in August 2022 but sporting director Michael Zorc feels it might not be honoured.
  • Zorc, though, believes his “positive development” would not have been possible if he remained in England.

After concluding that a pathway to Pep Guardiola’s first team was slim at the Etihad, the Londoner opted to join Bundesliga powerhouse BVB in August 2017 and he’s not looked back since.

Having broken through under Peter Bosz, albeit making two appearances, he’s truly excelled following the arrival of Lucien Favre.

Sancho, with the Swiss tactician on the sideline, has registered 17 goals and 25 assists in 52 appearances so far, bringing his Dortmund total to 18 goals across 64 outings whilst creating 29 more.

His performances, much to Die Schwarzgelben’s annoyance, hasn’t gone unnoticed with a couple of clubs – including Man Utd –now being closely associated with his name, and subsequently prompting Zorc to accept the seemingly inevitable fate regarding his long-term future.

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“No decision has been made. But you don’t have to be a prophet to know he won’t play here for another five years,” he told Kicker.

“A street footballer”

To say Sancho has made an impact at BVB is an understatement, as his presence all but ended Christian Pulisic’s tenure with the former German champions.

So far this season he’s bagged three goals across their opening six Bundesliga outings whilst creating a further five for his teammates.

Sancho is now a regular for the England national team and to date has earned no fewer than eight international caps whilst repaying Gareth Southgate’s faith with two goals and three assists.

Zorc feels that none of this “positive development” would have been possible if Sancho remained in the English league system.

“He has taken this positive development at Dortmund. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs,” he added.

“We trust the players very early, and we are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.

“He’s an instinctive footballer, a street footballer, he’s always a footballer, but he’s always setting new limits.

“He does not sit back satisfied. He wants to play football successfully and beautifully. That alone is his motivation.”