Jadon Sancho was paraded in front of the cameras this week by Borussia Dortmund, who were trying to make a big statement how the winger will stay put.
And he might. Nobody knows how it will pan out, but Dortmund have previous on backtracking, while Sky Sports report Manchester United are refusing to give up.
A microphone was put in front of Sancho yesterday, as reported by The Express.
This is what Sancho said: “I love playing with this lot. It is a special bunch.
“We’ve got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.
“I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.
“I joined when I was 17. Some of the lads are the same age. I’ve been there and done that.
“I can guide them in what’s good and what isn’t. I can hopefully motivate them as well.”
What he did not say
What Sancho did not say, was two key words ‘I’m staying’.
Instead he talked about the present, and how he can inspire younger players. He can do this from afar too. If they see him clinch his dream transfer, that will also be motivational for them.
The Times reports today that Dortmund are trying to pressure Sancho into saying he is staying.
He had an opportunity yesterday and chose not to take it. He is keeping the door open, and with almost two months until the transfer window closes, that is wise.
Perhaps he will go on and make a statement as Dortmund wish. But so far, he has not.
Dortmund appear to be playing games, just like they posted a photo of Sancho smiling on their social media feed, when the above shot taken moments before, could be used to construe a very different story.
This situation can only be resolved by United making a big offer to Dortmund, which would be a club record move.
So far the club have been reluctant to do so, and it is unclear if they will. It might take a transfer request from Sancho to change the situation.
At present while it can be argued he is not 100 per cent set on staying, his presence at their training camp shows he is not opposed to it either.
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