Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City’s decision to allow Jadon Sancho to leave the club, saying that the latest England international didn’t want to be at the Etihad.
Sancho was one of the most promising talents to come through the Man City academy in a number of years but made a surprise move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund this summer after deciding not to renew his contract with the Premier League Champions.
He was handed the number 7 by the German giants and has made a highly impressive start to life on the continent, notching up one goal and six assists in just seven league appearances, with six of those appearances coming from the bench.
That form earned him a call-up to the England national team for the recent UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain, and having made his international debut aged just 18, Pep Guardiola has said the Citizens did everything they could to keep him.
“We did everything,” said Guardiola at his pre-match press conference.
“Hopefully he can achieve what he was looking for. I’m glad he’s playing well.”
Asked if there was a possibility that he could return to the Etihad in the future, Guardiola seemed doubtful, although did say that he could maybe return with a different manager at the helm:
“I don’t know. When he decided he wanted to move from here because he didn’t want to be here. When he doesn’t want to be here he’s not looking forward to coming back.
“Maybe in the future, new club, new manager. I don’t know what will happen.”