Jadon Sancho impresses without the pressure of transfer talks weighing on his shoulders, according to Borussia Dortmund manager Hans-Joachim Watzke. Jadon Sancho got off to a timid start in the 2020-21 campaign after being heavily linked to a move to Manchester United last summer, but has started to return to his best since the start of 2021 and is now shining.
The England international scored his 10th goal of the season in a 4-0 win at Schalke on Saturday, and was also a decisive passer on one of Erling Haaland’s goals, Watzke happy to see him again show his “incredible quality” after a more complicated period. Watzke told Sport 1:“Jadon is doing very well at the moment, he’s back. But it was only a matter of time. All discussions of a transfer during the summer has already been forgotten.”
“Edin Terzic talked to him a lot. Jadon Sancho has shown again in recent weeks how incredible he is. We are very happy that he is playing for us,” added the BVB leader. Sancho has two years left on his contract with Borussia Dortmund, and although speculation about his future has subsided in recent months, rumours of a possible move to Old Trafford continue to swirl in the background.
Watzke still believes in C1 qualification
BVB’s refusal to reduce their demand for the England international to more than 100 million euros finally prevented his departure to the Red Devils last year, but it has been reported that the German giants could lower their asking price when the market reopens amid the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Dortmund are no longer in the race for the Bundesliga title after falling 15 points behind defending champions Bayern Munich, but they are still in contention in the Champions League and the German Cup. Terzic’s team won the first leg of their round of 16 against Sevilla 3-2 last week, and also have a German Cup quarter-final clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Sancho and his team-mates will also be determined to ensure that the BVB ranks in the top four of the German elite, with a home game against Arminia Bielefeld next Saturday. “Of course, qualification for the Champions League is always realistic,”added Watzke. “That’s our stated goal. There are six points to make up for Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. At the end of the day, we have to leave one of these two teams behind. It is certainly good that we still have to play against these two teams. So, for us, anything is still possible.”