Jens Lehmann has backed Jadon Sancho to remain at Borussia Dortmund beyond the summer transfer window despite the speculation surrounding his future at the club.
The Red Devils opted not to meet Dortmund’s £108million price tag for Sancho and the England international was said to be devastated that a move to Old Trafford failed to transpire.
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke gave any potential Sancho suitors a boost when he recently refused to rule out player sales given the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis.
However, Lehmann feels the winger will still be plying his trade in Germany next season.
‘Right now, I think they’re staying,’ the former Dortmund and Arsenal goalkeeper told the Daily Star when quizzed on Sancho and Jude Bellingham.
‘Most of the big clubs have full squads anyway. You’d have to be really really outstanding if a bigger club tries to get you.
‘It’s not that easy to make a decision for guys like Jude Bellingham and Sancho at this early stage in their careers.
‘Would they add something? We’re not sure, but first of all they need to decrease their own squad size.’
‘He’s done very well,’ Lehmann added on Sancho’s form of late.
‘Right now his stats can be compared to Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, and I think the third best in the whole of Europe.
‘It’s fantastic for English football.’