Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ruled out a move for Borussia Dortmund‘s winger Jadon Sancho as a possible replacement for Leroy Sane, who is on his way to Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old Sancho has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Manchester United as the most likely destination. However, City could have stepped in as they are selling Sane.
But, Guardiola has now ruled out a possible return for Sancho to the club he left three seasons ago. “He decided to leave, why should he come back?” the City boss said ahead of Thursday’s clash with new champions Liverpool. “When he decided to move to Dortmund it’s not that he’s going to come back. It would make no sense. If he wanted to leave, I’d say he doesn’t want to come back.”
“It’s part of the process, we’d like to stay with the players of the last 10 years to be eternal but we grow in years and we have to replace them with new players.” Guardiola does admit City will be active on this summer’s transfer market as the club is actively looking to sign a new centre-back and likely a new midfielder due to David Silva leaving the club on a free transfer.
Asked if Guardiola needs to rebuild City, he said: “Not for the lack of quality but the absence of Vinny, David… Sergio has one year left, I don’t know if he’ll extend or not. Some players have to be replaced. It’s not a disaster thing, it’s part of football for their age and normal circumstances. It happens in other clubs and when players decide to leave, Jadon Sancho and Leroy – especially Leroy.”
We cannot do anything else, as a club, if guys don’t want to stay they have to leave, we are not getting the best if they are not happy here. This is the first thing and the second is with the age. It happens at clubs around the world, you never can be eternal. We have to accept that and try to take the right decisions to maintain the level that we have.”