Dortmund squad manager asked about Jadon Sancho to Liverpool transfer link

Borussia Dortmund squad manager Sebastian Kehl has poured cold water on transfer rumours linking Jadon Sancho with an exit to Liverpool.

The Englishman has enjoyed another successful season with the Bundesliga side, hitting 34 goals in 95 appearances since arriving from Manchester City’s academy in 2017.

While Manchester United have been seen as prime destination for the 20-year-old, rivals Liverpool have also emerged as a interested club.

But Kehl, who made more than 360 appearances for the Westfalenstadion side before retiring in 2015, has delivered a blow to the Premier League sides.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Dortmund’s squad manager said: “There is nothing to it.

“We’d like to think that he will continue to play for us next season.”

Liverpool’s interest in Sancho comes amid fears of Sadio Mane’s exit from Anfield, one third of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking trio with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

The Senegalese forward has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, which would leave a gap.

But former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has advised Sancho against a move away from the Bundesliga.

“Absolutely there’s a case to be made [that Sancho should stay at Dortmund for another year],” he told ESPN FC.

“At that age, at a club like Dortmund who continue to play their youth and play a style of football that suits his high-energy running style, you only see his own value going up.

“But then that’s a risk that you take and many players take in staying some place.

“How many other times could we talk about players maybe getting injured, not having the kind of seasons that they hoped, being distracted by the attention and their values going down somewhat? That’s the gamble for Jadon Sancho.

“Now, my concern just looking in from the outside is that he’s getting a little bit too big for his britches, and you wonder if Borussia Dortmund, as big a club and as good a club as they are, the fact that they continue to trail Bayern Munich season in, season out it seems, he’s not going to accept the kind of responsibility and mature the kind of way that he needs to while he’s still there.

“Maybe he needs a bigger stage, maybe he needs the brighter lights really for him to focus a bit more on what’s important. And then he progresses as many expect he would.”

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