Jadon Sancho had reportedly agreed to sign a new deal with Manchester United before making a U-turn and joining Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, according to Pep Guardiola.
Sancho was regarded as one of the most promising players at Manchester City and was widely touted to break into the first team at the Etihad Stadium in the not so distant future.
However, City failed to keep hold of the 17-year-old as he decided to join Dortmund for around £8 million earlier this summer after refusing to sign a new contract with the Premier League outfit.
City manager Pep Guardiola would surely have been left disappointed at losing a talented player like Sancho and revealed in a recent interview that he had tried his best to keep the promising youngster at the club.
Guardiola also claimed that Sancho would have eventually made it into the first team had he continued his hard work as well as waited patiently, and revealed that the winger decided to leave despite agreeing to sign a new deal with City.
“We [had an] agreement with Sancho, we shook our hands, we offered him a huge deal in terms of the salary, he would have been a well-paid in the academy,” Guardiola told in a news conference.
“We believed the next step is to train every single day like it happened with Foden and Brahim would have trained every single day with us, he decided or [his advisers] decided I am not going to sign the contract.
“And we said OK you are not going to travel to the States because if you are not going to sign the contract, you are not going to the States, you are going to stay here.
“After that, the last two or three weeks he didn’t appear in the training sessions. He should come but he didn’t. I said: ‘Where are you?’ I don’t know, he didn’t train and after an agreement with Dortmund he played there and all I can say is big luck to him, because he has a huge talent.
“I cannot assure you, even the best players we have like Sergio and other ones, that you are going to play. I never did I am not going to tell you I assure you you will play all the games in the season to sign the contract, I would be a liar, it’s not true.
“It’s disappointing because he has been here since a long time ago, we have tried to build him up and say maybe in one or two years he might play.”
The loss of Sancho might be of huge concern for Manchester City due to the fact that they lost a local player who could have filled the “home-grown” quota and also because his departure might send a negative message to other youth prospects patiently waiting for their chance.
Guardiola continued expressing his disappointment at Sancho, saying, “I know how well he played in the national teams and we tried, we made absolutely everything but I think it was not the fact that the salary, maybe he thought he would get more minutes at Dortmund and I can understand that.
“He visualised that he will play more than here. I don’t know what will happen. We will see because in the end they have to show on the pitch their quality because they have to know, he has to know, the family has to know and especially the managers have to know we had a lot of confidence in him.
“We put a lot of confidence in him, like we did with Foden and Brahim and other guys to help them to grow up from here. But at the end when they don’t want to stay, there is nothing to stay.”
Guardiola is known to be the type of manager who promotes youth into the first team as he had given an opportunity to the likes of Pedro and Sergio Busquets among others, during his time at Barcelona and the Spaniard played a major role in their development into world class players.
Despite having one of the best youth facilities in the country, Man City have consistently failed to promote youth team players into their first team and have rather resorted to buying expensive talents for big money and this might be the main reason for Sanch’s decision to leave Manchester in favor of Germany.