Borussia Dortmund continue to publicly insist Manchester United 's attempts to sign Jadon Sancho have fallen flat and cannot be revived.
A statement put out on August 10 from the club's sport director Michael Zorc said: "We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions."
But United continue to chase a deal for Sancho, who is valued by Dortmund at around £100m.
In the midst of a global pandemic and financial uncertainty, the Red Devils want that figure to drop to around £80m.
To end the speculation once and for all, Dortmund want Sancho to publicly state he is happy to remain at the Bundesliga giants, according to the Times.
The 20-year-old rarely offers public interviews but Dortmund are said to be happy for his statement of intent to come on social media too.
Reports suggest Sancho's camp are bemused at the stand-off, as the Signal Iduna Park outfit stick to their August 10 deadline despite the transfer window closing in October.
Sancho did in fact speak out on Wednesday, commenting publicly after Dortmund beat Austrian side Altach 6-0 in a pre-season friendly.
"I love playing with this lot. It‘s a special bunch," the youngster said.
"We've got some special young players coming up. I’m really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them. I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors.
"I’m happy for them."
Sancho's Dortmund team-mates have also expressed their delight at the club's decision to keep the youngster.
Midfielder Axel Witsel said: “He stays and we're all happy.
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"He’s one of the most important players offensively for our team.
"It's really good news for us to keep him – at a minimum – one more season.”
United continue to negotiate for Sancho, who has had his contract at Dortmund extended to 2023.
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