Pep Guardiola insists he has no regrets over Jadon Sancho exit

Pep Guardiola insists he has no regrets over Jadon Sancho exit

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reiterated that he has no regrets over losing Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund back in 2017.

The young England forward has developed into one of the best attacking players in Europe since leaving City for the Bundesliga giants, and has regularly been linked with a move back to the Premier League with neighbourhood rivals United.

Pep Guardiola says he has no regrets over Jadon Sancho's Manchester City departurePep Guardiola says he has no regrets over Jadon Sancho's Manchester City departure
Pep Guardiola says he has no regrets over Jadon Sancho’s Manchester City departure | Pool/Getty Images

Sancho comes face-to-face with his former employers in the quarter-finals of the Champions League next month – Dortmund having drawn City in Friday’s draw – but Guardiola revealed in his latest press conference that he doesn’t regret losing Sancho.

“I’ve said many times, it is not a regret,” Guardiola said (quoted by BBC Sport). “He decides. He’s doing really well. Congratulations, he’s an exceptional player, he is a national team player with huge quality, doing really well in Dortmund.

“We wanted him to stay but he decided to leave, and when people decide to leave all we can do is [let them] leave. I wish him all the best, except when he plays against us. No regrets at all. If he’s happy, I’m happy.”

Guardiola’s current crop of City players have been sensational this season, with youngsters like Phil Foden in particular grabbing the limelight for his dazzling displays.

Jadon Sancho has excelled since his move to Borussia DortmundJadon Sancho has excelled since his move to Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho has excelled since his move to Borussia Dortmund | Lars Baron/Getty Images

The Catalan tactician admitted Sancho and Dortmund represented a huge hurdle in City’s bid to be crowned Champions League winners for the very first time, though he refused to be drawn on the hypothetical scenario of just how good his City side could be had Sancho stayed at the club.

“Nobody knows,” he simply replied. “Maybe he stays and we don’t play good or better. The life of every person decides what life they lead. We will face him, try to control him – we know the quality he has, everyone knows. The quality in Dortmund is from all departments. They are a strong team.”

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