Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney advised Jadon Sancho to pass on a return to England in favour of continuing at Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho’s future has been one of the top talking points for the summer transfer window given his stunning progress at Dortmund.
Amid a lack of opportunities at Manchester City, the 19-year-old opted to pack his bags and seal an €8m transfer to Dortmund in 2017. He hasn’t looked back since and has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in European football.
The downside of Sancho’s brilliant progress for Dortmund, however, is the fact it’s caught the eye United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have, so far, signed two new players in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James this summer. Although both of them are still unproven talents at the top-level despite their promising potential.
And United may need to make a top signing soon should Paul Pogba’s attempts to leave end successfully. Therefore, the club may be inclined to go after Sancho to add a badly needed dose of star quality into the squad.
Solskjaer himself hinted on Saturday that United are still pursuing one or two more players.
But Rooney reckons Sancho should stay clear of England and remain at Dortmund for the good of his development.
“Dortmund are a great club with great fans, they trust their young players and you can see that in Sancho and the progress he has made in the last 12 months,” the now-DC United striker told Bild.
“It’s fun to watch him, he’s doing really well at BVB.
“Now Jadon has to ask himself whether he would get the playing time he gets in Dortmund when he moves to England, or would he just sit on the bench?
“Playing time is so important for a young player like Jadon, so if he gets the most playing time in Dortmund, he should stay there.”
Sancho managed 12 goals and 17 assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances last season for Dortmund. Currently, he remains under contract until June 2022.
The teenager’s stunning progress at Signal Iduna Park earned him a call-up into the England squad last October. He’s since made six outings for the Three Lions in all competitions.