Michael Zorc: No Jadon Sancho Bids Yet, Can't Guarantee Dortmund Star's Future

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2020

DORTMUND, GERMANY - JULY 09: Jadon Sancho of Dortmund speak wirh Michael Zorc of Dortmund during a training session at BVB trainings center on July 9, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said the club have received no approaches for "phenomenon" Jadon Sancho, but he can't guarantee the winger will be at the Westfalenstadion next season. 

Sancho, 19, left Manchester City to join the Black and Yellows in 2017, swiftly settling in as senior star at Dortmund and attracting interest from a host of European football's major powers.

Zorc paid his player high praise in an interview with Sport Bild (h/t Goal's Stephen Darwin) but was honest in regards to whether he felt Sancho will remain in Dortmund beyond this campaign: 

"The fact is no other club has contacted us so far about Jadon.

"[I can't] reliably answer today [if Sancho will stay at Dortmund beyond the summer]. What I can say for sure is that he feels very comfortable with us. Otherwise he could not produce such [high-level] performances week after week.

"He is a phenomenon and is now producing top performances. And he rarely takes a break on the pitch, helping the team with their defensive work. He is hard-working and gets the greatest of respect from me."

Sancho scored the opener in Saturday's 5-0 rout of Union Berlin to become the youngest player to reach 25 goals in the Bundesliga, via BT Sport (UK viewers only):

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

Jadon Sancho in the Bundesliga this season: • 18 games • 12 goals • 12 assists He's 19 years old. He's English. 🙌🦁 On Saturday, he became the first Bundesliga player to score 2️⃣5️⃣ goals before turning 20... https://t.co/dbIuBvZvJj

The England international was understandably delighted with his landmark strike, helping the Black and Yellows climb to third after RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach each drew in Week 20:

Jadon Sancho @Sanchooo10

What a performance from the team 🔥. Happy to make history by being the youngest ever player to score 25 goals in the Bundesliga 🙌🏼. #MambaMentailty 🙏🏼 #24 https://t.co/4Zj3LqVTSh

Darwin cited existing interest in the player from Manchester United and Chelsea, each of which appear eager to offer the London native a route back to the Premier League.

Sancho joined the Black and Yellows for a reported fee of £8 million, per the Guardian's Ed Aarons, but it's possible he could fetch 10 times that figure or more when he departs Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund often prove themselves shrewd negotiators in the transfer market, having recently signed Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg for €22.5 million (£19 million), per the Guardian's Fabrizio Romano. The Norwegian wonderkid, also 19, has eight goals in his first four appearances for the German giants.

Sam Dean of the Telegraph testified to Sancho's staggering consistency in attack, contributing at least one direct goal contribution in all but two of his last 13 appearances for club and country:

Sam Dean @SamJDean

Jadon Sancho’s productivity since mid-November has been ridiculous. Screenshot from @WhoScored https://t.co/fDBhzm7CgD

Despite his age, the former Watford academy starlet—who is contracted at Dortmund until 2022—has stormed to elite levels early on in his senior career, per Statman Dave:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Jadon Sancho is the only player across Europe's top five leagues to have registered double figures in both goals and assists this season: • 18 appearances • 12 assists • 12 goals Tearing it up. ⚽ 🅰️ https://t.co/YCgbPkOwfR

United and Chelsea have been the two teams most strongly linked with Sancho, though the Independent's Melissa Reddy wrote runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool also have an interest.

Dortmund have proved capable recruiters when it comes to replacing such high-value assets in the past, and Zorc's comments suggest the club won't block Sancho's departure provided their needs are met.


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