Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho has revealed that he is inspired by the likes of Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe, amid growing speculation linking him with a move away from Signal Iduna Park.
The England international has enjoyed a remarkable campaign in the Bundesliga this year, with the 18-year-old having already scored eight times and assisting a further 12 in the league.
After grabbing the headlines with some stellar performances, Sancho has seen his name linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United in particular amongst the leading contenders to sign him.
Despite a string of personal accolades and successes this season, the winger insisted that he keeps his feet on the ground, and name-checked United’s Rashford and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Mbappe as role models.
Speaking to Dortmund’s official YouTube channel, Sancho said: “Luckily enough I’ve got great people around me to keep me grounded and humble.
“I’m grateful that I’ve got them around me telling me I’m not doing enough – there’s the likes of Mbappe doing crazy things at PSG.
“They are the kind of people I need to compete with as he’s so young and so am I.”
He added: “That always pushes me when I see Mbappe and Marcus Rashford doing well because I know they are probably looking at me and seeing what I’m doing and it’s probably pushing them.
“It’s good to see other young players doing well.”
Whilst a potential move to United has been touted, Dortmund moved to play down speculation of a move away from Germany for Sancho, with the club’s technical director Michael Zorc insisting that it could take a world record fee to prise the Englishman away.
Zorc said: “Jadon will play for Borussia Dortmund next season and we are definitely planning with him.
“I am far from putting a price tag on Jadon, but I maintain that his transfer would be hard to beat even for the biggest clubs in the world at the moment.”