Everybody knows that Sancho will play for us next year, says Borussia Dortmund executive

Aditya Devavrat 17:57 05/04/2019
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Jadon Sancho has taken Europe by storm this year.

Borussia Dortmund remain adamant that Manchester United target Jadon Sancho will remain at the Bundesliga club past this summer.

The young Englishman has been a sensation in Germany this season, having moved to Dortmund in the summer of 2017 from Manchester City. No player from the top five leagues in Europe has more assists than Sancho, who tops that particular chart with 13 this term – one ahead of Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi, who both have 12.

Despite growing speculation that there is a big offer coming from United, potentially around £100million, Dortmund’s executive director Hans-Joachim Watzke says Sancho will be pulling on the black and yellow jersey come next season.

“I don’t care about that. Everybody knows that Jadon will play for us next year,” Watzke told Goal.

“That’s a fact and we don’t have a price tag for him. And because everybody in Europe knows that nobody contacted us.”

Watzke added that if Dortmund were to countenance a sale, the 19-year-old’s former club have no buy-back or first right of refusal in place.

“We never give information about contract details but City has no co-determination right at all,” said the executive.

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Sport360 staff 18:52 03/04/2019
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The rumours of Raphael Varane’s potential exit from Real Madrid are growing by the day.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are the latest entrants to the tussle that already features the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

The World Cup winner is tipped to replace captain Thiago Silva, according to AS as the Brazilian will be 35 when his contract expires in 2020.

Clearly, the French giants face stiff competition from European giants as they look to obtain Varane’s signature. Also, if they are not able to negotiate with Madrid for an affordable fee, they will have to buy out Varane’s release clause of €500 million.

Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane mentioned on Tuesday that the defender has not said anything about wanting to leave.

“He’s been here for eight years, and he’s doing well. He seems fine to me. He hasn’t said anything about wanting to leave,” the Frenchman said.

Should Varane depart, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is favourite to replace him is at the Spanish capital.

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Zidane can't imagine life without Varane at Real Madrid

Press Association Sport 17:10 02/04/2019
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Zinedine Zidane insists he is not prepared to let World Cup winner Raphael Varane leave Real Madrid.

The France defender, who joined Real from French side Lens in 2011, has been linked to a move away from the Bernabeu this summer.

“I don’t want a Madrid without Varane,” Zidane said at a press conference.

“He’s a young player (25), he’s been here for eight years, he’s doing fine.

“He didn’t say anything to me. He’s at the best club in the world and he knows it, he’s won a lot of things.”

Zidane added it would be “disrespectful” to talk about a dressing-room clear-out but acknowledged the club would have to make changes ahead of next season.

“There are many things that we are talking about changing next year, but you have to respect all of the players who are here,” he continued.

“Talking about cleaning (out the dressing room) seems disrespectful.

“We’re going to have to make changes, but this is not the time to talk about it.”

The manager, who took over for a second time less than a month ago, would also not be drawn into commenting on the future of Real’s record signing

Gareth Bale after the Welshman was booed by Madrid supporters during the 3-2 win over Huesca on Sunday.

Zidane told the press conference, also reported on the club’s website: “The whistles are never good, but they also booed at me and you have to accept it.

“You have to have personality for that and to accept what people want.

“Regarding the future of Gareth and other players, we’ll see.”

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