Pep Guardiola, the head coach of Manchester City, has confirmed that he has no regrets over Jadon Sancho leaving the club in 2017 to join Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho joined Manchester City at the age of 14 in March 2015 and was soon tipped as a potential star. However, due to questions about his path to first-team minutes at City, Sancho was sold for £8 million (€9 million/$11 million) to Bayern Munich, where he has gone on to become one of the top players in the Bundesliga.
“It is not a disappointment, as I have said several times. He takes the decision. He’s doing fantastically well, “Guardiola made the remarks after his team was drawn against Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday.
“Congratulations, he’s a brilliant player. He is a high-quality national team player who is doing admirably in Dortmund.
“We wanted him to stay, so he chose to go, and when people want to go, the only thing we can do is [let them] leave.
“Except when he plays against us, I wish him the best of luck. I have no regrets. I’m happier if he’s happy.”
When asked what would have happened if Sancho had lived, Guardiola responded: “Nobody is aware. Maybe he continues and we don’t play well or at all. A person’s past determines the kind of life they live.”
Sancho, who turns 21 next week, has already had three seasons in a row in which he has scored and helped in double figures for Dortmund.
Those performances have earned him a full England international cap, and he has been linked with a big-money return to the Premier League.
Manchester United, City’s crosstown foe, pressed hard to sign Sancho last summer but were repeatedly turned down by Dortmund.
Dortmund declined to let Sancho leave for less than €120 million (£109 million/$141 million), which Manchester United was unable to offer upfront.
With a calf injury, Sancho will miss England’s upcoming matches against San Marino, Albania, and Portugal, but he is predicted to be fit for the games against City on April 6 and 14.