Manchester City have a buy-back option on Jadon Sancho

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would reach a landmark moment in his tenure if he gave the green light for the club to chase Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho next summer.

Sancho got the same award at the European Under-17 championships a year ago, as well as being part of the squad that won the Under-17 World Cup, although his participation was limited after being recalled by Dortmund halfway through the tournament to play for the first team. Maybe the opportunity at Chelsea wasn't there.' Eighteen-year-old Sancho, a former member of Manchester City's youth team, insisted playing regularly was 'vital", adding: "'If you feel you're ready to play overseas and believe in yourself, why not?

It is rather unusual for English players to move overseas, especially at such a young age but Sancho's fearless decision is already proving to be the right one.

If Pep Guardiola's side do not look to pursue a deal to re-sign Sancho, they could still benefit from him moving on.

"I'm fed up with all these players stuck in the under-23s not playing for their clubs".

The teenager is slowly learning German but adaptation to life on the field has been rapid, thanks in no small part to their trust in young players - and advice from the likes of team-mate Pulisic.

His form in the Bundesliga has resulted in a senior England call-up, with Gareth Southgate looking to work the former Manchester City winger into his side as soon as possible. "People are taking notice, and I'm just grateful for that".

"I was at training when I first got the call-up and straight away I called my parents", Sancho told reporters.

Sancho said: "Obviously moving from home, that was the biggest".

Christian Pulisic, the United States of America worldwide and a Dortmund team-mate, has been a big influence: "He is another young guy, and I learn from him. That's what he said to me". Leaving my mum behind and my sisters. If you're ready to play overseas and you believe in yourself, why not?

With a lack of homegrown players in the Premier League, boss Gareth Southgate has a shallow pool of talent from which to select. "I don't know what to say to that". "It's the future. You never know what could happen, so we wait and see".

Ross Barkley makes his first England appearance since May 2016 as Southgate looks set to ditch the 3-5-2 system that worked so well in Russian Federation for a 4-3-3 with Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford flanking Harry Kane up front. Sancho has shone playing on the left of midfield, racking up a mind-blowing nine assists for BVB already this season.

"The growth in England at the moment is insane", Sancho added.



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