Jadon Sancho was benched by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, and the club have denied that it was because he is set for a summer transfer.
Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted before the match that he was “concerned” about Sancho’s future, with Manchester United leading the hunt for the 20-year-old England winger, who is valued at more than £100million.
But after star man Sancho surprisingly sat the majority of the 2-0 victory against RB Leipzig, Zorc has attempted to allay fears that this meant that he was on his way out of the club.
Jadon Sancho has been dropped to the bench for Borussia Dortmund against RB Leipzig, Saturday
Sancho (third from left) is one of Dortmund’s star men, so that its omission was a shock
Sancho only made his way onto the field in the 78th minute in the 2-0 win over RB Leipzig
“We’ve had many injuries over the last few weeks and have not been able to turn to like other teams,’ Zorc told Sport1 .
‘Jadon is completely tired, and said to the coach before the game that he didn’t have the energy to play 90 minutes.
‘You’ve seen that in the game.’
Zorc was clearly worried about the future of one of his star men before the game, however.
“It is clear that we are concerned. But I don’t want to talk about it now,’ Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten.
Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted just a day earlier its “concern” about Sancho
Manchester United have long led the race to sign £100m-rated Sancho (right)
Sancho has been a sensation in the Bundesliga since his departure from Manchester City academy to get to Germany in search of an opportunity to prove himself at the highest level.
This season alone, he scored 20 times and notched 20 assists, once again marking him as one of the world’s best young talent.
Chelsea are also known to have a long-standing interest in Sancho, while the City could look to bring him back to the club if, as expected, they lose Leroy Healthy for Bayern Munich in the summer.
Despite his success, Sancho only came on in the 78th minute against Leipzig.
Zorc the suggestion that Sancho was in need of rest can be considered weird since the clash against Leipzig was Dortmund’s last Bundesliga match of the season.
It is also only the fourth game back since the resumption of German football in the wake of the coronavirus-forced break.
Dortmund have one more game left this season, next Saturday’s home game against Hoffenheim.
Zorc, later, insisted that Sancho was “tired” not having had the chance to turn him recently