“When City came in I thought it was a good opportunity to get out of the hood. There were a lot of bad influences. ”
The URL was removed from the city’s website but, in keeping with their penchant for leaving traces on paper, they failed to fully cover their tracks and video of Sancho’s interview is still live on the club’s YouTube page.
Sancho grew up in south London as a Chelsea supporter, but moving from ‘the hood’ to Manchester appealed to him just as much as returning to Manchester now. Sancho enjoyed his two years in the North West and before leaving City confided in friends he might consider moving to Manchester.
City had – or rather had – the first refusal on Sancho but their bridges with Pep Guardiola were burned in the summer of 2017 when the teenager was omitted from the preseason tour of the United States, where Phil Foden was submitted to the first team exposure in the Houston derby defeat to United.
Sancho was so small that he was not brought up in the post-match debrief where Guardiola rhapsodized Foden, informing those of us in attendance that we were privileged to have watched him in the flesh. . City sources were “100% certain” that Sancho would stay only as he began to skip training and there were discussions about a move to Tottenham.
Those talks collapsed and United were high but were unable to negotiate a deal in the summer window. Borussia Dortmund spared City the embarrassment of a long-distance transfer with an offer of £ 8million and Sancho, eager to play first-team football, was assured of consistent playing time.
Sancho had started 17 Bundesliga appearances by the time United rekindled their interest last year and a meeting was arranged with an intermediary acting on behalf of Dortmund. Failure to qualify for the Champions League sabotaged a move and United used that time to convince Sancho.
Senior United sources bragged about the influence of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in meetings in England ahead of Harry Maguire’s £ 80million signing and handed that contingent to James Maddison after he was summoned – ahead of s ‘install on Jack Grealish.
Sancho only started twice with Rashford and once with Lingard, often competing with them or replacing them, but forged a friendly rapport with the duo. Lingard could make way for Sancho in the United States squad while approving their interest in him.
“Jadon is a brilliant player,” Lingard said last week. “It’s obviously his. I’ve seen him with England, I’ve seen his qualities and feel like he would be a great addition to any team. “
Sancho’s Twitter post on Thursday night was tasteful and tactful. It said, “If we’re all on the same team we’ll never be defeated” and was accompanied by a photo of Sancho celebrating with Rashford on duty in England, as well as a picture of five-a-side school children. not.
Rashford posted the same article verbatim as part of the Nike “You Can’t Stop Us” campaign and generated 7,000 retweets. Sancho had 15,000. As unhappy as Dortmund may feel, the tweet covered all bases and was a wise move by Sancho and Nike representatives on the day he was due to report to the Dortmund training base. Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes also have the swoosh on their boots and Sancho considers Rashford an “inspiration”.
Dortmund were confident enough to report that Sancho was set to sign a new deal worth £ 190,000 a week last August, but the printed documents were not signed and his existing contract was validated over the course of last two years. United would not hesitate to replace the “1” with a “2” at the beginning of those six digits.
Sancho has visited United Carrington’s training complex before and befriended former United juniors and fellow Londoners Angel Gomes and DJ Buffonge before and during his time in Manchester. United’s desire for Sancho partly convinced Gomes to terminate his contract.
Sancho naively asked to wear his hashtag ‘# JS7’ after joining Dortmund and nothing in football fuels a player’s mark more than number seven on United Red. This is bequeathed to Sancho, unless he fancies the number 11, and donning all seven in the Premier League and Champions League is a marketing panacea for his representatives in the Elite Project group.
They were good influences.