Borussia Dortmund striker Jadon Sancho says he has experienced “severe” magic at the club after being linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer.
Sancho, 20, has been far from impressive in some games this season, leading to speculation that the United transfer saga, which lasted until October, has led to a drop in form.
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Sancho has failed to score in the Bundesliga so far this season in six appearances, and has only contributed two assists, compared to last season when he scored 17 goals and assisted 16.
After scoring his second goal of the season in the Champions League in Dortmund’s 3-0 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday, Sancho said the club’s support gave him confidence after experiencing heavy magic in recent weeks.
“I’m happy to play,” Sancho told DASN in a rare post-match interview. “I have coaches and teammates who believe in me. It has been a difficult situation for me recently.
“But it’s all about how I come back and have performances like this. I hope they bring me back to the top, like I used to play.”
The England international’s slow start to the campaign left him on the bench for Dortmund’s 5-2 win over Hertha Berlin last weekend.
Dortmund are still in a good position to challenge Bayern Munich for the league title, as well as reach the knockout stage in the Champions League.
The club relied on Erling Halland’s goals this season and he scored two more in Tuesday’s Champions League victory.
Halland beat teammate Sancho to this year’s Golden Boy Award and Sancho said he was “just happy to play with him”.
“He deserves the Golden Boy award,” Sancho added. “He works hard on and off the field. He deserves everything in his path.”
Halland has now scored 16 goals in the Champions League and became the fastest player in the history of this competition, reaching this number in just 12 appearances for Dortmund and Salzburg.
He has scored 13 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season and has risen to 33 since moving to the Bundesliga club in January.