Dortmund chief explains how Man Utd’s Jadon Sancho stance is helping them

Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has hailed the return to form of Jadon Sancho following his notable dip amid ongoing transfer speculation last summer.

The 20-year-old was No.1 target for Manchester United in the off-season, and Dortmund had to deal with the fallout when Sancho eventually stayed put.

Dortmund had outlined specific demands to any potential suitors that a deal must be concluded before August 10 or Sancho would not be sold.

They slapped a £108million price tag on the winger’s head for good measure to ward off any half-hearted approaches.

United though, didn’t pay too much attention, instead dragging out the saga until the week of the transfer deadline before ultimately coming up short.

Jadon Sancho has been in improved form for Dortmund of late

Ed Woodward had been hopeful of driving Sancho’s price down the later into the window negotiations went, but in the end United’s final offer of around £93m still couldn’t tempt Dortmund to part with their star man.

Sadly for the Bundesliga club, the uncertainty over his future impacted Sancho on the field.

Dortmund’s boss at the time, Lucien Favre, suggested: “Every player has slow periods. There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an impact.”

When asked if that was the case back in November, Sancho disagreed.

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“No I don’t think so,” he said. “I feel like every player has a little dip in their career and I’m going through that at the moment.”

However, Watzke feels it played some part.

“Maybe Jadon had subconsciously prepared a little for a transfer,” BVB’s CEO said last month. “I believe he at least thought about it enough that he lost a bit of his ease.”

But since then Sancho has clicked through the gears and has been back to his best of late, scoring seven goals and providing six assists in his last 12 matches.

Perhaps that is no coincidence, considering Man Utd’s interest appears to have cooled.

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United have cooled their interest in Sancho - much to Dortmund's benefit
United have cooled their interest in Sancho – much to Dortmund’s benefit

The arrival of Amad at Old Trafford looks to have put any move for Sancho on the back burner, while recent reports suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, for now at least, turned his attentions elsewhere.

And Watzke is delighted at how that has affected his player.

“Jadon is doing really well at the moment, he’s back. But that was only a matter of time,” Watzke told Sport 1 . “All the transfer talk in the summer has already been forgotten.

“[Current Dortmund manager] Edin [Terzic] talked to him a lot. Jadon has shown again in the last few weeks what incredible quality he is.

“We are very happy that he is playing for us.”

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