Jadon Sancho Happy at Borussia Dortmund Amid PSG Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between Club Atletico de Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on November 6, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho has said he is "not wasting thoughts" on rumours linking him with a move away from the club at the moment.

Sancho has emerged as one of European football's hottest prospects this season, starring for a Dortmund side that sit top of the Bundesliga. Unsurprisingly, he's been linked with some huge clubs, and according to Sky Sports, French giants Paris Saint-Germain are "very interested" in the 18-year-old.

However, speaking ahead of BVB's huge clash with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Sancho said he intends to be at the Westfalendstadion for a while yet, per Bild (h/t Chris Burton of Goal).

"I'm not wasting any thoughts on a change," he said. "I owe a lot to BVB and I have a lot in mind with this team. I'm happy here and did not sign for so long for nothing."

In addition to PSG, it has been reported by Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News that Manchester City—Sancho's former club—have first refusal on any offer made for the tyro, potentially giving them an advantage should he leave Dortmund in the future.

Sancho doesn't appear to be keen on making a move elsewhere for a while yet, though. Per Burton, the England international signed a new contract with Dortmund in October that runs until 2022.

Further commitment to Dortmund is not a shock when you consider how Sancho's career has taken off since he joined the club.

Per Scouted Football, he's not the only English player who has benefitted from making a move to Germany's top flight:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

Kylian Mbappé is the only teenager to have directly contributed to more goals in a top five European league this season than Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jadon Sancho • 4 goals • 6 assists 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Reiss Nelson • 5 goals • 0 assists Bundesliga buddies. https://t.co/c5jVBcLqFQ

While he isn't yet a regular starter at BVB, he's been used brilliantly by manager Lucien Favre in the early weeks of the campaign.

When Sancho is drafted into the team from the bench, he can make such an impact. Whether on the right or left flank, the youngster is happy to run at defenders, get deliveries into the box and even work back for the team.

What has set Sancho apart so far this term is his ability to get into dangerous positions. He's often found himself in space at the far post, where he can score or lay on a chance for a team-mate to gobble up.

At the moment, he's one of the standout performers in German football:

B/R Football @brfootball

Jadon Sancho is making the Bundesliga his own 💪 https://t.co/J97s2FFrC7

Sam Lee of Goal thinks that talk of a big move away from Dortmund may be a little premature yet despite his recent form:

Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal

I do find the Sancho £100m talk odd. He's been excellent for BVB when he's played, but it's still a relatively small amount of first-team exposure. Let's see how he does when he starts regularly. And then, as Guardiola says today, why would he be in a rush to go back to City?

It is certainly early to be talking about a lucrative move, especially given Sancho is a young man and his career is in an embryonic stage.

At 18, he may be a key player in a table-topping side and a senior England international, but he also has a lot to learn about the game. For now, staying at Dortmund and getting regular minutes appears the smartest way for Sancho to continue that learning curve.