Ottmar Hitzfeld sees similarities between Jadon Sancho and Franck Ribery, and hopes the teenager stays at Borussia Dortmund.
Jadon Sancho’s sizzling season for Borussia Dortmund has evoked memories of a young Franck Ribery for former BVB coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Sancho’s first full campaign in the Bundesliga has seen him score eight goals and provide a league-high 13 assists for table-topping Dortmund.
A Champions League goal against Atletico Madrid in October opened his European account, and he has also established himself as a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Hitzfeld is one of the teenager’s many admirers and the 70-year-old – who led BVB to two league titles and a Champions League crown – has compared him to Bayern stalwart Ribery.
“Sancho surprised everybody,” Hitzfeld told Omnisport. “He’s a gifted player, very fast, technically perfect, he always has a trick up his sleeves.
“He reminds me of the young Franck Ribery, who was also very tricky and going for goal as a young player.
“Sancho is like that and he also has the speed to make a name for himself in international football.”
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“It’s becoming more and more difficult for the Bundesliga, and specifically Borussia Dortmund, to retain players like Jadon Sancho,” he added.
“If you have a long-term contract with a top team in England, money is a big factor.
“The question is, how does Sancho’s management see the situation? Do you say, ‘I’ll stay with Dortmund where I’m a starter, instead of joining a top team too early and only sit on the bench’.
“For his career, it would certainly be better to remain at Dortmund for one or two years.”