Hans-Joachim Watzke reveals Dortmund rejected approach for in-demand Jadon Sancho

    Borussia Dortmund have rejected an approach from a major European side for Jadon Sancho, according to the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke

    Established himself as one of the hottest prospects in Europe ever since completing his move from Manchester City, the 19-year-old has become a subject of interest from a host of European giants, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.

    The former City youth academy product thrived at the Signal Iduna Park, scoring 13 goals and adding 19 assists across all competitions in his first full season with BVB.

    Although Watzke refused to name the club that tried to grab Sancho, he has confessed that someone approached him to ask about the player’s availability.

    “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.

    “He knew I meant what I said.”

    The Bundesliga heavyweights want to keep hold of their headline performer, but Watzke is well aware they may not be able to prevent him from leaving for a top club should a satisfying offer arrives.

    “There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such potential,” he said.

    “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 [to keep him].”

    Borussia Dortmund currently value their prized asset at £100 million, but although it is a huge fee for a teenager, it will hardly scare off the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid should they decide to concretize their interest in the forthcoming period.


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