Erling Haaland has admitted he’s “sad” that Jadon Sancho has left Borussia Dortmund after the winger signed for Manchester United this summer.
Sancho completed a £72.9million move to Old Trafford last month, having been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target for the previous two summer transfer windows.
The 21-year-old had spent four years in the Bundesliga, scoring 38 goals and registering 45 assists in 104 games in the league.
He struck up a particularly intuitive understanding with Haaland, teeing up the Norwegian on seven occasions in the 18 months they spent together in the first team.
Sancho and Haaland helped Dortmund to win the DFB Pokal at the end of last season, starring in the final win against RB Leipzig, and a late burst of form secured a return to the Champions League as well.
But United acted decisively in signing Sancho this summer, with the England international not required to return to Germany for pre-season training.
Haaland has linked up with Dortmund at their training camp as speculation around his own future gathers pace. He admitted to being disappointed to see Sancho leave the club, but believes the club have enough attacking talent to cope with his absence.
“Jadon and I had a really good understanding, he’s a top player and it’s sad he’s gone, but that’s football,” Haaland said from Dortmund’s pre-season training camp.
“There are a number of other players I work well with. It can even be better. We’ll just have to see who I work best with.”
Haaland is a target for United and Solskjaer tried to sign his fellow Norwegian in January 2020, only for him to move to Dortmund instead.
The 20-year-old has plundered 57 goals in 59 games for Dortmund and Chelsea are keen to sign him this summer, before a £75million release clause comes into play in 2022.
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