Jadon Sancho flew with the Borussia Dortmund squad to their training camp in Switzerland on the day the club set Man United a deadline to sign him.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says Jadon Sancho will play for the club next season and the decision is ‘final’ amid interest from Manchester United.
Zorc also dropped a bombshell by claiming Sancho, 20, is contracted to Dortmund until 2023, rather than 2022.
Senior United sources dismissed Dortmund’s August 10 deadline to sign Sancho as ‘meaningless’ and described it as ‘artificial’ since the transfer window closes on October 5. However, Zorc is adamant Sancho will remain with Dortmund next season.
At a media briefing during Dortmund’s first day of training at their Bad Ragaz camp in Switzerland, Zorc said: “We plan with Jadon Sancho. He’ll play for us next season. The decision is final. I think that answers all of the questions.
“Last summer we adjusted the salary to the performance development of Jadon. So in context, we had already extended the contract until 2023.”
The MEN last month reported United were relaxed amid Dortmund’s tactics to unnerve them in their pursuit of Sancho and sources in Germany say Dortmund want to ‘own the story’.
United have been frustrated by inaccurate reports emanating from Germany that they had agreed on terms with Sancho. United sources have described Sancho’s wage expectations as a ‘real situation’, with the England international currently on around £75,000-a-week at Dortmund.
If a move for Sancho fails to materialise, United are prepared to look to alternatives amid interest in Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo and Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman. United view the right-wing as a priority position to strengthen and only signed Daniel James last year after they failed with a move for Sancho.
The MEN previously reported Sancho had confided in friends at former club Manchester City he would relish returning to Manchester to play for United. The MEN first revealed United’s interest in Sancho when they tried to sign him from City in 2017 but their rivals blocked a move and Sancho joined Dortmund for £8m.