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Man Utd target Jadon Sancho equals Frank Lampard milestone at 19 years old

By Harry Edwards

Published: 15:12, 27 April 2019

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho’s season has just got even better, after the teenager broke a nine-year record.

The 19-year-old has been in phenomenal form for Dortmund this season, as Lucien Favre’s side look to dethrone Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Sancho’s performances across the season have seen him earn a first call up and caps for the England nation team with Gareth Southgate looking to the future, also giving games to Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

And Sancho has improved his chances of representing England at this summer’s Uefa Nations League with another assist in Dortmund’s game against Schalke.

Setting up Mario Gotze 14 minutes into the tense derby game, Sancho recorded his 14th Bundesliga assist of the season. It moved the 19-year-old clear at the top of assists across Europe’s top five leagues, managing one more than Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Pablo Sarabia.

It also made Sancho the first English player to provide 14 or more league assists in one of Europe’s top five leagues since Frank Lampard did for Chelsea during 2009/10.

Then, 31-year-old Lampard also recorded 14 assists en route to the Premier League title, with his partnership with Didier Drogba proving particularly fruitful.

On this occasion, however, Dortmund fell to a 4-2 defeat that could see their title hopes all but ended.

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Jadon Sancho: future Manchester United player?

As well as earning him England caps, Jadon Sancho’s form this season has seen the teenager linked with a move to Manchester United.

Sancho made a name for himself as an exciting young star with United’s local rivals Manchester City, before moving to Dortmund in 2017 with the hopes of securing valuable game time.

However, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke is confident Sancho won’t be moving to Man Utd – or any other team – this summer.

“We will not sell him, that is fact,’ he told Eurosport Germany at the start of April.

“It is clearly discussed with every person who is involved that Jadon plays in the next season for BVB.

“I don’t care about that. Everybody knows that Jadon will play for us next year.

“That’s a fact and we don’t have a price tag for him. And because everybody in Europe knows that nobody contacted us.”