Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Jadon Sancho from Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund for £73m on a five-year contract.
This announcement brings Man Utd’s year-long chase of Sancho to a conclusion, having previously failed to reach agreement with Dortmund, until both clubs ‘reached agreement in principle’ earlier this month whilst Sancho was representing England at Euro 2020.
Having spent much of his youth career at Utd’s cross-city rivals, Manchester City, Sancho moved to Dortmund in Summer 2017 where he went on to score 50 goals in 140 appearances for the Bundesliga club across their Senior and Reserve teams.
Paying tribute to Dortmund for their support throughout his time at the club, Sancho spoke of feeling “grateful” for the team who provided him with his breakthrough into senior football, yet admitted that he “always knew that I would return to England one day.”
Looking ahead to the future now that he has signed a five-year deal at Man Utd with an option of a further season, Sancho described the move as “a dream come true” and ” just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League.”
Noting the blend of experienced and young players like Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford, Sancho spoke of his belief that this team “is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve.”
The 21 year-old also confessed that he is already “looking forward” to playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team – including ex Utd legends, Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick with hope of being able to “further develop my game.”
Gunnar Solskjaer in turn hailed Sancho as the ideal “type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United.”
The Norwegian also revealed his hope that Sancho can “form an integral part” of his long-term squad and is excited to see the youngster “blossom” as his game matures and develops, given that Sancho produced 50 goals and 64 assists across four seasons at Dortmund
Gunnar Solskjaer also noted Sancho’s “pace, flair and creativity” as his best qualities and believes that the youngster will be able “to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level” at Old Trafford, especially following his success aboard.
‘You came to us as a boy and left as a man’
You came to us as a boy and left as a man.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) July 23, 2021
Borussia Dortmund quickly paid tribute to Sancho for his effort at the club following the announcement of his departure, with a tweet praising the youngster’s development after arriving as a 17 year-old four years ago and now leaves ‘as a man’ at 21 years-old.
BVB Chairman, Hans-Joachim Watzke added that the decision to move to Utd was Sancho’s “express wish” and praised the youngster for his mature behaviour in which he handled the situation “absolutely correctly” throughout negotiations even whilst on international duty with England at Euro 2020.
Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director, Michael Zorc added his own tribute, commenting: “Jadon has made a great development in the four years with us, especially in the final phase of last season he contributed to the team’s success with important goals and assists.
“We thank him for his commitment and wish him all the best for his future career.”