Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho says a chat with France star Kylian Mbappe in March has fuelled his desire to win silverware.
Sancho has so far won one German Super Cup in his domestic career, picking up the winners’ medal last August. However, he was also part of the England Under-17s squad that won the World Cup in 2017.
Dortmund fell short to Bayern Munich in last season’s Bundesliga title race, with Lucien Favre’s side also exiting the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain at the last-16 stage.
Indeed, it was after the second leg of that tie that Mbappe and Sancho spoke about their bright futures. Speaking to SoccerBible, Sancho revealed his admiration for his fellow forward.
“I spoke to [Mbappe] after the game,” Sancho said (via the Daily Express). “We had a little conversation after the game, he said to me ‘you’re doing really well, keep it up and you’ll get far’.
“It was nice to have that conversation with him. He’s done a lot when you consider his age. He’s won the World Cup, he’s won the league with PSG and Monaco and so you have to respect him in so many ways.
“He kind of carried France in the World Cup, which was crazy. Seeing someone that young doing great things like that, it motivates me and was crazy to see.”
Indeed, many have tipped Mbappe, 21, as a prime Ballon d’Or heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
However, the Frenchman suffered heartbreak on Sunday, with PSG losing to Bayern in the Champions League final.
Mbappe’s compatriot Kingsley Coman got the decisive goal in the second half, with Mbappe having a fantastic chance to put PSG ahead in the first half.
SANCHO SET TO STAY AT DORTMUND
Sancho – a year younger than Mbappe – is a firm target for Manchester United this summer.
However, reports on Sunday suggested the Red Devils could postpone their pursuit until the end of next season.
Dortmund are refusing to budge from their £108million valuation of the England international, a fee United feel is unrealistic.