Pep Guardiola insists he has NO regrets leaving Jadon Sancho for Borussia Dortmund’s first team in 2017 as Manchester City prepare to welcome their former £ 100 million winger back into the Champions League game.
Pep Guardiola insists he still has no regrets about bringing Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund after the German club played against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Sancho will return to Manchester next month when Dortmund will take on Guardiola’s four-time chasing City – nearly four years after he traded the Etihad stadium for Germany’s first team football in a £ 8 million move.
The Manchester City manager reminded supporters that he wanted the now England international to stay with the club, claiming there was nothing he could do to stop the winger from leaving.
Pep Guardiola (left) still doesn’t regret bringing Jadon Sancho (right) to Dortmund in 2017
Dortmund star Sancho will face Man City in the Champions League next month
Speaking of Sancho, Guardiola said at a press conference ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final with Everton: ‘I’ve said many times, no regrets, he concludes.
‘He’s doing very well, congratulations, an exceptional player. A national team player of enormous quality, who is doing very well in Dortmund.
‘We want[ed] him to stay but he decided to leave when they decide to leave is all we can do [let them] leave. I wish him all the best, except when he’s playing against us. When he is happy, I am happy. ‘
Sancho had a rapid rise in Dortmund, scoring 46 goals and registering 60 assists in three and a half seasons, becoming one of Europe’s most popular commodities valued at over £ 100 million.
Sancho was on the books with City but left the club for £ 8 million for Germany in 2017
The winger has also become a staple of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and has been capped 18 times by the Three Lions and will be a big part of this summer’s European championships.
Sancho got off to a slow start to the current season, not scoring in his first eleven Bundesliga games, but has picked up some form and has three goals and two assists in his last three league games, but is currently out with a muscle problem.
The 20-year-old is about to return in time for his reunion with City, who have a plethora of attacking stars at their disposal, including Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.
Sancho (center) has become one of the world’s highest rated attackers in recent years
Guardiola (above) insisted he tried to keep Sancho, but the player wanted to move on
But City boss Guardiola would not be involved in any discussions about whether Sancho in the squad would have improved his side’s offensive play.
The Spaniard added: ‘Nobody knows, maybe he will stay and we will not play well or better. Each person’s life defines the life they lead, should respect other people.
‘We want him, he decides to go, all the best. We’ll face him, try to control him. We know the quality it has, everyone knows it.
‘The individual quality in Dortmund belongs to all departments, a strong team. In the Champions League it has always done well for many years. We have to prepare well. ‘