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Jadon Sancho insists speculation over Manchester United move has not caused his dip in form

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‘Every player has a little dip in their career’: Jadon Sancho insists speculation over his future has not caused his drop in form after persistent links with a move to Manchester United this summer

  • Jadon Sancho was linked with a move to Manchester United for most of summer
  • The transfer didn’t transpire and he has had a tough start for Borussia Dortmund 
  • The 20-year-old scored his first goal of the season playing for England
  • Sancho insists the speculation is not the reason for his slow start to campaign

Jadon Sancho insists his form has not been affected by a summer of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

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The Borussia Dortmund forward has yet to get off the mark in the Bundesliga this season but scored his first England goal in 14 months as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday.

Sancho has so far enjoyed a fine career in Germany since moving from Manchester City in 2017.

Jadon Sancho insists speculation over his future is not the reason for his slow start to season

He was constantly linked with the red half of Manchester over the summer transfer window but ultimately a move did not transpire.

But the 20-year-old does not believe the persistent rumours over his future have led to his slow start to the current campaign.

‘No, I don’t think so,’ he replied, when asked if transfer talk has had an impact.

‘Every player has a little dip in their career and I feel like I’m going through that at the moment.

‘It is just how I am bouncing back and I’m just happy to have managers who have faith in me and keep starting me.

Sancho scored his first goal of the season playing for England against the Republic of Ireland

Sancho scored his first goal of the season playing for England against the Republic of Ireland

‘I’m just happy to be starting for England. Every time I play I try to do my best, luckily enough I got the goal and I’m happy to help the team once again.’

Sancho also said he does not feel burdened by a weight of exterior expectations after he burst onto the international scene.

‘I just expect a lot from myself personally,’ he told ITV.

‘So when I play I always try to assist and score and always help the team. A couple of games ago I hadn’t been scoring or assisting but yesterday I knew I had a chance.’

Sancho was joined in the England squad by Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham, who became the third-youngest player to make his Three Lions debut as he came on during the second half against Ireland.

‘He deserves it,’ Sancho said of the 17-year-old midfielder.

‘At Dortmund he gives 110 per cent, his performances are world class. I’m happy for him and I’m sure his family will be very proud of him.’

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