England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested that wideman Jadon Sancho is developing well at Borussia Dortmund, with a move away from the club representing a challenge for the youngster.
Since arriving in Germany from Manchester City in August 2017, the 20-year-old has starred with his exhilarating play on the wing, developing a reputation as one of the most highly-rated wide players in world football.
He is currently in the midst of his most productive campaign at the Westfalenstadion having both scored and assisted 20 goals in all competitions. That tremendous form has seen the youngster linked with a potential move away from the club, with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea all thought to be admirers.
However, Gareth Southgate, who handed Sancho his England debut, has encouraged the player to continue his development with Dortmund, citing that a move this early in his career could be troublesome.
Talking to Sky Sports, he said: “He’s a very talented young player – that’s clear. The Bundesliga is getting a lot of profile at the moment but it’s no surprise to us.”
“Any step for Sancho is going to be a challenge but he’s developing really well,” the Three Lions boss continued.
“If I look at his age and his contribution, he’s learning the game, he’s slowly maturing – there are bits he’s still got to learn – and he has some fantastic role models in Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, not only in terms of how they play but also their professionalism, their desire and hunger.”
Sancho’s employers Borussia Dortmund are back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Fortuna Dusseldorf. The winger can be backed at a price of 7/2 with Betfred to open the scoring.