Pep Guardiola insists he has NO regrets about letting Jadon Sancho leave for first-team football at Borussia Dortmund in 2017 as Manchester City prepare to welcome back their £100m former winger in Champions League tie
- Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last eight
- Next month’s tie will see Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho return to Manchester
- Pep Guardiola insists he does not regret letting Sancho move to Germany in 2017
- The City boss claimed he wanted to keep the winger but the player wanted to go
Pep Guardiola maintains he still does not regret letting Jadon Sancho join Borussia Dortmund after the German club were paired against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Sancho will make his return to Manchester next month when Dortmund take on Guardiola’s quadruple-chasing City – nearly four years after swapping the Etihad Stadium for German football in a £8million move.
The Manchester City manager reminded supporters that he wanted the now-England international to remain at the club and claimed there was nothing he could do to stop the winger from leaving.
Pep Guardiola (left) still does not regret letting Jadon Sancho (right) join Dortmund in 2017
Dortmund star Sancho will face Man City in the Champions League last eight-next month
Speaking about Sancho, Guardiola told his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final with Everton: ‘I said many times, not a regret, he decides.
‘He’s doing really well, congratulations, an exceptional player. A national team player with huge quality, doing really well in Dortmund.
‘We want him to stay but he decides to leave, when they decide to leave all we can do is they leave. I wish him all the best except when he plays against us. If he’s happy, I’m happy.’
Sancho has undergone a meteoric rise at Dortmund, scoring 46 goals and registering 60 assists in three-and-a-half seasons in the Bundesliga club’s first-team fold.
Sancho was on the books at City but left the club for Germany for £8million back in 2017
The winger has also become a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and has been capped 18 times by the Three Lions and is set to be a major part of this summer’s European Championships squad.
Sancho had a slow start to the current season and failed to score in his opening 11 Bundesliga matches but has picked up some form again and has three goals and two assists in his last three league games but is currently out with a muscle problem.
The 20-year-old is in line to return in time for his reunion with City, who have an abundance of attacking stars at their disposal including Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.
Sancho (middle) has become one of the world’s highly-rated attackers over the past few years
Guardiola (above) maintained he tried to keep Sancho but the player wanted to move on
But City boss Guardiola would not be drawn into discussions over whether having Sancho in the squad would have improved his side’s attacking play.
The Spaniard added: ‘Nobody knows, maybe he stays and we don’t play good or better. The life of every person decides the life they lead, the other people have to respect.
‘We want him, he decides to go, all the best. We will face him, try to control him. We know the quality he has, everyone knows.
‘The individual quality in Dortmund is from all departments, a strong team. In the Champions League always has done well many many years. We have to prepare well.’
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