Manchester City were paid an estimated £8million by Borussia Dortmund for teenage sensation Jadon Sancho, and while that may seem like an extraordinary amount for a player with no first team appearances, if Sancho reaches his full potential it could be peanuts.
Many City fans were disgruntled when Sancho effectively went on strike and refused to sign a new deal at City, before taking the bold step of moving to Germany with renowned talent developers Dortmund.
The 17-year-old though, believes he had to move for the sake of his career, having seen the level of talent standing in the way of him and Pep Guardiola’s first team.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Jadon explained his decision and why he felt he couldn’t turn down Dortmund’s offer.
“I looked at who they have right now and the path,” Sancho said.
“A lot of young players come to Dortmund and become top, top players. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, that could be me’. I want to be part of that history.
“They’re proving, by the games I’ve played, that age doesn’t matter — they’ll play you if you’re good enough.”
Sancho has only played two minutes more in all competitions for Dortmund than his former teammate Phil Foden, who has proven there is a way into Guardiola’s plans if the ability is there. Like Sancho, Foden is only 17, but has impressed the Catalan coach and played in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
Sancho didn’t believe such a pathway would open up for him soon enough and is now enjoying life in Germany.
“To give me the ‘7’ at such a young age really showed their faith,” the England youth international told The Sunday Times.
“Everybody just greeted me, it was chilled. Aubameyang, Gotze, Reus . . . just being normal. They [senior players] love my company and I love their company.”
“Pulisic is only two years older, and what he has done for America, with big pressure on his shoulders, is an inspiration to me. When he plays, he treats it like it’s easy, normal. That’s how I want to be.”