Jadon Sancho Discusses Borussia Dortmund Transfer, Spurs Champions League Clash

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park on February 9, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)
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Jadon Sancho has opened up about his move to Borussia Dortmund, saying he's happy to have paved the way for other British youngsters and is keen to impress against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

The teenager sat down with ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein ahead of the UEFA Champions League tie with Spurs and talked about his switch to Germany and how others have followed his example:

"If you'd asked me three years ago where I'd be today, I couldn't give you an answer.

"I wouldn't have thought it would be here and me doing this well. [The biggest surprise to me is] just how everything has gone so far. It's gone so quickly. It's all crazy right now.

"It's a good feeling, a nice feeling. It's a good thing to give other players the opportunities somewhere else and not just at home. Give them a wider vision of what's out there. I'm happy that I've opened doors.

"They do ask me what it's like, and I tell them truthfully: It's not easy. It's difficult."

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park on February 9, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images
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The 18-year-old left Manchester City's academy for the Signal Iduna Park in 2017, and after a brief adjustment period, he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting attacking talents in Europe.

His success led to several other British youngsters moving to Germany as well, with Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Rabbi Matondo among those now plying their trade for Bundesliga clubs.

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi has been strongly linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich, and Sancho has backed his compatriot to find success at the Allianz Stadium, per James Dale of Sky Sports.

Sancho himself has been linked with a return to the Premier League but has repeatedly shot down those rumours, per Stephen Crawford of Goal.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park on February 9, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images
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The winger also spoke about the Wednesday match against Spurs and how playing against some of his England team-mates adds to the experience.

Those Spurs players have been hitting him up on WhatsApp: "A lot of 'We'll see you soon' and 'We're going to beat you'―just things like that. Dele [Alli]? He's got the most to say. I just sit back and stay quiet. You feel you have something more to prove. I know a lot of people―especially a lot of young kids and also England fans―will be coming to the game to see what I'm about."

As noted by Goal's Ronan Murphy, Sancho has done a lot of media work lately:

The England international is a hot prospect, having already scored seven goals and added nine assists in the Bundesliga this season. He has routinely overshadowed team-mate Christian Pulisic, who is also regarded as a top talent and will be playing for Chelsea next season.

Given his excellent output and great performances, it's hard to believe just how young he is:

He'll have the chance to show off his talents to the British public Wednesday when BVB visit Wembley Stadium to take on Spurs in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

Both teams favour attacking gameplans, and the youngster should have plenty of opportunities to show what he can do.

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