Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has reiterated yet again that Jadon Sancho will not be sold this summer as Manchester United continue to pursue the winger.
The 20-year-old has been a top target for the Red Devils for months but they have found negotiations with the Bundesliga side difficult up until now.
Dortmund have always insisted that they want at least £100million for the England international in one lump sum but United would prefer to pay in instalments.
But, with preparations for the new season already in full swing, the Germans set a deadline for the deal to be done in order for them to allow for a replacement to be signed.
United did not meet that deadline and were told earlier this week that Sancho would now not be leaving them this summer as the club heading for their training camp.
"We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season," said Zorc on Monday.
"The decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.
"Last summer we adjusted Jadon's salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then."
Some thought that his words might be a ploy in order to get their full valuation for Sancho, but if Zorc’s most recent comments are anything to go by, this may not be the case.
Insisting the deadline was a real thing and not just a negotiating tactic, Zorc said: “We plan with Sancho. He’ll play for us next season.
“The decision is final. I think that answers all of the questions.”
Dortmund have two matches during their training camp, already playing Austrian side SCR Altach on Wednesday and against Austria Vienna on Sunday.
Sancho is under contract with Dortmund for another two years and so the Germans are in no rush to sell.
The player himself does not seem to be pushing through a move yet and so it is becoming increasingly likely that nothing will happen for this summer at least.
Sancho notched 17 goals and 17 assists in the Bundesliga last season and is now regarded as one of the most talented young players in Europe.
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