Jadon Sancho has rejected the notion of being distracted following his failed move to Manchester United during the summer amid a ‘little dip’ in form for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Sancho was the subject of intense transfer speculation throughout the summer with Manchester United having been strongly linked with a British transfer record move for the winger, only to refuse to meet Dortmund’s €120m asking price amid the current financial climate.
The 20-year-old has since struggled to replicate his best form over the opening weeks of the campaign and has failed to score in six Bundesliga appearances so far this season, with Dortmund sporting director, Michael Zorc, having admitted the player is lacking ‘natural lightness’ in his recent performances.
Sancho provided a reminder of his quality with an encouraging performance and goal during England’s 3-0 friendly win over Ireland on Thursday night, and speaking afterwards dismissed suggestions of becoming unsettled by his failed return to the Premier League.
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“Nah, I don’t think so,” he told ITV Sport.
“I feel like every player has a little dip in their career, and I feel I’m going through that at the moment. It is just how I’m bouncing back and I am just happy to have managers who have faith in and keep sight of me.”
Dortmund manager Lucien Farve had previously questioned whether the transfer speculation had had an ‘influence’ on Sancho’s slow start to the season, but has remained unconcerned and has backed the England international to rediscover his finest form.
Sancho scored 17 goals and provided a further 16 assists in just 25 league starts for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season, and will be hoping to bounce back in the coming weeks for the German outfit who currently sit third in Germany’s top flight after seven fixtures.