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Jadon Sancho aimed a parting shot at Manchester United yesterday by saying he is looking forward to ‘playing football with a smile on my face’ at Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho has rejoined Dortmund until the end of the season after they agreed to pay United a £3million loan fee. The deal includes up to £3.4m in add-ons based on Dortmund’s progress in the Champions League and qualification for Europe next season, as well as the number of games Sancho plays.
There is no option for the German club to buy the 23-year-old at the end of the loan, after they sold him to United for £73million in 2021. Mail Sport revealed that United will have to contribute £100,000 to Sancho’s £295,000-a-week wages, but both the club and the player will be relieved to draw a line under a saga that has dragged on for months.
The England winger has not played since August, following a fall-out with boss Erik ten Hag, and has been forced to train on his own at Carrington.
Sancho said: ‘When I came into the (Dortmund) dressing room today, it felt like coming home. I know the club inside and out, I’ve always been very close with the fans, and I’ve never lost contact with those in charge.
Jadon Sancho has sealed a return to Borussia Dortmund on loan from Manchester United
Sancho shot to prominence as one of Europe’s most exciting wide forwards in his first spell at the club
Sancho will be hoping to regain his best form and regular minutes in Germany
A loan until the end of the season brings a temporary end to his nightmare spell at United
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‘I can’t wait to see my team-mates again, go out on the pitch, play football with a smile on my face, prepare goals, score goals and help the team qualify for the Champions League.’
The English forward will wear the No 10 shirt while at the Bundesliga side, where he will be hoping to play himself back into consideration for Gareth Southgate’s England squad, ahead of next summer’s European Championship in Germany.
Dortmund took to social media to announce the news themselves, posting a mock fax message with the words ‘I’m back’ in tribute to Michael Jordan’s confirmation of his return to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.
United also posted news on the club website confirming the England international’s departure.
Sancho posed for pictures posted by the Bundesliga side on their social media
Sancho told Dortmund fans on social media that he was ‘glad to be back’ at the Bundesliga side
Dortmund had posted a mock fax with the words ‘I’m back’ as an homage to Michael Jordan’s sensational return to the Chicago Bulls in 1995
Sancho rejoins his former side temporarily with Dortmund paying a small fee for the player and part of his wages
Sancho has been exiled from the United squad after falling out with manager Erik ten Hag (pictured) in September
The player re-activated his Instagram account and changed his profile picture to him in a Dortmund kit
He arrived in Dortmund ahead of completing his loan move away from Manchester United
It read: ‘Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho has rejoined former club Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the season.
‘The 23-year-old spent four seasons with the Bundesliga team from 2017, registering 50 goals and 64 assists, before completing a transfer to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021.
‘Sancho has made 82 Reds appearances so far, scoring 12 goals across all competitions and winning the Carabao Cup in 2023.
‘Sancho will now return to Germany on a temporary basis as Borussia Dortmund prepare to resume their Bundesliga campaign after a winter break. The England international of 23 caps leaves with our best wishes for the remainder of this season.’