Jadon Sancho has admitted he is experiencing “hard” times at Borussia Dortmund after Manchester United failed to sign him in the summer.
Sancho, 20, was United’s top summer target, but the transfer window passed and the England man stayed put in Germany.
The Athletic reported that United simply failed to take Dortmund seriously over their £108m valuation.
The Bundesliga side imposed a August 10 deadline on the potential transfer of Sancho. Dortmund wanted the future of the 20-year-old forward resolved in time for the start of their pre-season training camp.
Apparently United did not tell Dortmund what they would be willing to pay, neither did they submit a formal offer before that deadline.
United were hopeful that Dortmund would back down on their valuation of Sancho and let him go before October 5.
That certainly did not amuse BVB officials and once that deadline had passed they were insistent that Sancho would not be leaving.
And since his return to action Sancho has been well and truly off the boil, although he did score on Tuesday night.
He has just two assists from six Bundesliga games so far and he did find himself on the bench for last weekend’s win over Hertha Berlin.
It’s probably safe to assume that Sancho’s head was in Manchester and speaking after Dortmund’s 3-0 victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday, he said: “I am just happy that I am playing.
“I have coaches and team-mates that believe in me.
“Recently, it’s been a hard situation for me.
“But it’s all about how I come back and have performances like this. They will hopefully get me back to the top, how I was playing before,” Sancho told DAZN in a post-match interview.
Contrast Sancho’s form last season, when he scored 20 goals and earned 20 assists in 44 games, to this season and his efforts have dipped massively.
Sancho ‘happy to be playing’ with Haaland
“There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an influence.
“But no player is consistently in top form for a year, that’s impossible. You have to accept that.”
Dortmund still have Erling Haaland’s goals to rely on and he bagged another double on Tuesday. The Norwegian now has an amazing 17 goals in 13 games.
Haaland beat Sancho to this year’s Golden Boy award and Sancho said he is “just happy to be playing with him.”
“He deserves the Golden Boy award,” Sancho added. “He works hard on and off the pitch and he deserves everything that is coming his way.”