Marco Rose was unveiled as Borussia Dortmund’s new head coach on Thursday, but has already seen Jadon Sancho agree a deal to join Manchester United
Marco Rose has admitted that he was made aware that there was a chance Jadon Sancho would be sold before he was unveiled as Borussia Dortmund’s new head coach.
The 44-year-old’s appointment was confirmed way back in February, after taking Borussia Monchengladbach to the Champions League knockout stages.
But he was made to wait before his official unveiling and in that time, Sancho has agreed a deal to join Manchester United.
The Red Devils have been chasing the 21-year-old for the past two years and look set to finally acquire his services.
On Thursday, the club confirmed they had reached an agreement on a £72.9million move for Sancho, with the formalities set to be completed at the end of Euro 2020.
It leaves Rose without one of his star players, after Sancho scored 16 times and registered 20 assists in just 38 games last season.
However, he has revealed that although he would have liked to keep him in the team, his departure has come as no surprise.
“Well, I think every coach likes to have a player like Jadon Sancho in his team, Rose said in his introductory press conference.
“His qualities are unpredictable. He’s very strong in one-on-one situations, but he’s also a goal scorer.
“Now of course, over the last few months, and of course it was also part of our talks, we knew that it could come down to Jadon not being here at some point.
“Now what matters – as it looks like it’s going to happen – we have to deal with it and talk about how we can also replace his quality.
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“We’re not going to get Jadon Sancho, but we’re going to try to find a creative solution and we see this as an opportunity to perhaps strengthen ourselves a little differently in certain positions.”
Dortmund CEO Leon Watzke has also offered more insight into the imminent move, claiming that there are still some aspects left to confirm.
“There is a basic agreement with United, but there are still things that need to be clarified,” Watzke said.
He also heaped praise on Sancho, claiming that although it was his decision to ultimately leave the club, he never acted out of turn in order to push an exit through.
“It was Jadon’s desire to change. We would have liked to keep him,” Watzke continued.
“Jadon has been fantastic and carried us forward in the second half of last season. We are not happy about the money and are rather sad that he is leaving.”