Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has said the reason why Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho left England was that he didn’t want a challenge at Man City.
Sancho refused to renew his deal with the Premier League champions and instead headed to the Bundesliga in August 2017 for a £8 million fee.
With 12 league appearances in his debut season, the teenager has become a key component of Lucien Favre’s side in 2018-19, helping Dortmund establish themselves as title contenders in Germany.
‘I don’t know. He didn’t want to take this challenge, this opportunity to discover if he was able to,”
‘He decided to go there. So, it’s perfect. It’s going well and congratulations on what he is doing.
‘He is doing an incredible performance. He did it incredibly well this season. What would have happened this season [at City]? I don’t know.
‘Again, with the players, it depends on them and what they do on the pitch.”
Though Sancho decided to move on, fellow youngster Phil Foden remains at the Etihad Stadium and scored his first Champions League goal in the 7-0 thrashing of Schalke.
‘Of course, he can play more minutes, but he could play less. We cannot forget he is 18 years old and it’s the first season he’s played incredible minutes in the first team,’
‘He’s played in the EFL Cup semi-finals, in competitions where normally you can’t take a risk. He played Premier League when there were still a lot of games. He played important games. He played the Community Shield. So, he’s played a lot of minutes and he’ll play more in the future.
‘The process has to be calm. How many young players go immediately to the international team and after that disappear from the map? We want him to stay 10 seasons or 11 or 12 with us, playing regularly, and every season he will be stronger and stronger.
‘He’s an incredible talent but he still has a lot of things to improve. It’s simple for his age. At his age he needs time to grow and to be created. He’s 18 years old. It’s important he knows he is able to play with us and he knows we can trust him. That is the most important thing, He added