Pep Guardiola insists he has no regrets about Jadon Sancho’s decision to leave Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund. Sancho has excelled in City’s youth education program as one of the youngest stars in Europe. But he chose to leave the Premier League club and move to Dortmund in 2017 for fear that City’s collection of talent from the world would deprive him of normal playing time. The 20-year-old has been a key figure in Dortmund, as he broke into the England squad. Sancho is now expected to meet Guardiola after Premier League leaders City were drawn against a Bundesliga club in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday.
Asked if he was disappointed Sancho refused to be offered a contract when he was 17, City Guardiola’s manager made it clear he was happy to see the youngster thrive away from the Etihad Stadium.
“I’ve said it many times, it’s not regret. You make the decision. You did really well. Congratulations, you’re a great player,” Guardiola said on Friday.
“He is a very good national team player, he did very well in Dortmund. We wanted him to stay but he decided to leave, and when people decided to leave everything we could do to let them go.
“I wish him all the best, except when he plays with us. There is no regrets at all. If he is happy, I am happy.”
Sancho did not appear in City’s first team when he was sold for $ 11 million by Dortmund.
That looks good as Sancho is reportedly estimated at £ 108 million by Dortmund, with Manchester United among his favorite clubs.
Guardiola wondered what it was, saying: “No one knows. Maybe he lives and we don’t play better or better. Everyone’s life determines which life you live.
“We will deal with him, try to control him. We know the quality he has, everyone knows. The standard in Dortmund comes from all departments. They are a strong team.”
Sancho is currently sidelined with a calf injury but is expected to be unfit for the games against City on April 6 and 14.