Hans Joachim Watzke reaffirms club’s stance on Jadon Sancho

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke has said that the club are hopeful of keeping Jadon Sancho beyond the end of the season, but they will not lower their asking price if he does leave.

Jadon Sancho has been one of Borussia Dortmund’s best players this season, and his meteoric rise has caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. A number of top Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are said to be vying for his big money signature in the summer.

Reports claimed earlier this week that Borussia Dortmund have no plans to lower their asking price of 130 million euros for the England international despite the financial problems the coronavirus crisis has caused. And club CEO Hans Joachim Watzke has reiterated that the Black and Yellows will not be bullied into selling Sancho for less than what he’s worth.

In an interview with BILD on Sunday, Watzke spoke about Sancho’s future and said that although he hopes to see the 20 year old stay, the club will have to respect his decision if he chooses to leave in the summer.

“Even before the coronavirus outbreak, we said our preference is to keep Jadon with us. But at the end of the day you always have to respect what the player wants. I can clearly say that even the very rich clubs, despite the existential crisis, should not believe that they can go on a bargain tour with us. We don’t have to sell anyone below their value.”

Sancho, who has 17 goals and 16 assists to his name in 35 appearances in all competitions so far this season, is under contract with Borussia Dortmund until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Watzke also spoke about the potential impact he thinks the coronavirus pandemic could have on transfer fees in the coming years.

“If by December, we do not have any more matches with spectators, we will certainly lose about 50 million euros,” Watzke said. “In the medium term, the amounts could drop a bit. But I don’t think it will drop as significantly as one would like. Football has simply become too globalised for that. Where there are losers, there will always be winners.”

Watzke also said that Borussia Dortmund would help rivals Schalke in case of a financial emergency, adding, “Despite the rivalry, we’re talking about two true traditional clubs that enrich the league.”

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