Jadon Sancho reveals he supported CHELSEA while growing up as Manchester United chase the £80m Borussia Dortmund winger… and the England star admits he idolised Frank Lampard because he was ‘so direct and composed on the ball’
- England’s Jadon Sancho has admitted he was a Chelsea fan while growing up
- The Dortmund winger said he idolised Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba
- He loved watching Lampard becauase he was ‘direct’ and ‘composed on the ball’
- Sancho is set to star for the Three Lions at Euro 2020 under Gareth Southgate
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
England winger Jadon Sancho has admitted he grew up supporting Chelsea – and idolised Blues legend Frank Lampard – as Manchester United continue their bid to bring him to Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed Sancho at the top of his wishlist after failing in a move for the Borussia Dortmund star last summer, with the two clubs currently negotiating over a transfer fee. The German outfit are demanding around £80m, having rejected United’s bid of £67m.
But even though Sancho could end up plying his trade at Old Trafford this season, he has revealed he was a boyhood fan of their Premier League rivals Chelsea.
England winger Jadon Sancho has admitted he supported Chelsea while growing up
The Borussia Dortmund star admits he looked up to Frank Lampard (L) and Didier Drogba (R)
Sancho is preparing for Euro 2020 with the England camp ahead of their tournament opener against Croatia on Sunday and was asked to name his England hero while speaking with talkSport.
He said: ‘England hero? I’d probably say Frank Lampard. I was a Chelsea fan growing up, I’m not gonna lie! Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard were my favourite players at the time.
‘I just loved Frank Lampard and how he played his game – he was so direct and so composed on the ball and I like things like that.’
Lampard finished his career as Chelsea’s all time top scorer with 211 goals after 648 club appearances – and also picked up 106 caps for England.
He hailed Blues legend Lampard for his composure on the ball and his ‘direct’ style of play
Sancho – who himself has 19 caps for his country – will be vying for a starting spot in Southgate’s team for the Euros, battling with the likes of Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling on the wing to support Harry Kane.
Despite putting his full focus on doing well for his country this summer, in the background his representatives and Manchester United will be working on a deal to bring him to the Premier League.
Should he complete a move to United, he is reportedly set to become one of their highest earners, with the club ready to hand him a five-year deal worth around £350,000 a week. That contract would put him on the second biggest salary behind goalkeeper David de Gea – who rakes in £375,000 a week.
Sancho is currently preparing for Euro 2020 with England as he bids to make an impact
It would be a significant hike on his current pay packet at Dortmund, which is believed to be around £190,000 a week – as reported by Goal. First United must see eye-to-eye with the Germans – who want a £77m fee plus bonuses paid over four years. United are currently offering to pay over five years.
Dortmund have an agreement with Sancho that he can leave once his valuation is met and United are the main contenders for his signature.
Sancho has been unable to avoid the speculation with the England camp – just days before the start of the Euros, but insists he has assured his team-mates that he is only focused on the task of glory with England.
Manchester United are looking to bring the 21-year-old to Old Trafford this summer
‘I’m cool about it. You know, there’s always going to be speculation, especially when you do well,’ Sancho said.
‘It’s just how you handle that on the pitch and just keep doing what you’re doing.’
Pressed whether he had spoken to the Manchester United contingent in the squad, he told talkSPORT: ‘Of course, all the boys have a lot of questions, you know.
‘Again, I just tell the boys: ”look, I’m just focused on football at the moment” and we just focus on the Euros, step by step.’
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