Dortmund pay tribute to Sancho after he completes £73m move to United

‘His behaviour was absolutely flawless’: Borussia Dortmund pay tribute to Jadon Sancho after making him wait a year before he finally completes £73m move to Man United

  • Borussia Dortmund pay homage to Jadon Sancho as he joins Manchester United
  • The Bundesliga club insist Sancho’s behaviour was ‘absolutely flawless’
  • Sancho was eager to join the Red Devils last year but a deal could not be agreed
  • And after being made to wait to finally get his wish, Dortmund have praised him
  • Sancho completed his £73million move on Friday, four years after leaving City

Borussia Dortmund have hailed Jadon Sancho for his ‘absolutely flawless behaviour’ after the England star was made to wait a year before completing his dream move to Manchester United on Friday.

United were interested in signing the 21-year-old last summer but failed to agree on the £108million price-tag set by the Bundesliga giants, which saw any deal put on the back-burner until this summer. 

Sancho had made it known to Dortmund that he wished to join United last year when he was alerted to their interest, but was respectful even after being made to wait a year.

Borussia Dortmund pay tribute to Jadon Sancho after he completes his Man United move

It comes after Sancho completed his £73million move to United on Friday, where he was welcomed to the club by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left)

The winger ended up he netting 16 goals and 20 assists for the German side in last season, who could only finish third in the Bundesliga but did win the German Cup. 

Then, after months of negotiations, Sancho was finally granted his wish and completed a £73m move to the Red Devils on Friday afternoon, where he declared ‘this is my club, this is where I belong’ as he posed in the new United home strip at his unveiling.

His behaviour and good manners in the build up to the big-money switch appear to have had a lasting effect on Dortmund, who heaped praise on the winger for his professionalism throughout.

‘It was Jadon’s express desire to return to his home country and the Premier League, and his behaviour was absolutely flawless at all times,’ Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of Borussia Dortmund, told the club’s official website. ‘I would therefore like to thank him on behalf of everyone at BVB.’

Dortmund’s Hans-Joachim Watzke (left) and Michael Zorc (right) heaped praise on Sancho


2017-18: 21 games, five goals, seven assists

2018-19:  43 games, 13 goals, 20 assists

2019-20:  44 games, 20 goals, 20 assists

2020-21: 38 games, 16 goals, 20 assists 

And Watzke wasn’t the only higher-up at Dortmund who paid tribute to the England international. 

The German club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, added: ‘In his four years with us, Jadon has developed greatly. Towards the end of last season in particular, he contributed to the team’s success with important goals and assists. 

‘We would like to thank him for his commitment and wish him the best for his future career.’

Sancho revealed that he was extremely grateful to Dortmund for giving him the opportunities to shine.

Sancho said: ‘I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day. 

‘The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League.

‘This 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 England star smiles as he poses in the new United home shirt at their Carrington base

Sancho described signing for United as a ‘dream come true’ as he looks forward to playing in the Premier League for the first time in his career

Solskjaer and Sancho shake hands after he put pen to paper on his United contract 

‘I am looking forward to working with the manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.’ 

Sancho moves back to Manchester just four years after quitting United’s rivals City to move to Germany, where he scored 50 goals in 137 matches for the Bundesliga outfit.

His performances have made him one of the hottest properties in world football, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held a long-term interest in the youngster.  

Solskjaer said following his unveiling: ‘Jadon epitomises the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United. 

Sancho (second right) scored 50 goals in 137 matches for the Bundesliga outfit in four years

‘He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom. His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair and creativity to the team.

‘Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level. 

‘For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad. We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign.’

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