Wayne Rooney has urged Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho to snub overtures from Manchester United and continue to build his career in Germany.
Reports suggest United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League saw them end their pursuit of Sancho this summer, though interest remains in the 19-year-old.
But former Red Devils captain Rooney, who remains the club’s all-time record goalscorer, has warned Sancho of the dangers of returning to the Premier League, instead believing his development will be aided by remaining on the continent.
“Dortmund is a great club with great fans, they trust their young players and you can see that in Sancho and the progress he has made in the last 12 months,” he told Bild.
“Now Jadon has to ask himself whether he would get the playing time he gets in Dortmund when he moves to England, or would he just sit on the bench?
“Playing time is so important for a young player like Jadon, so if he gets the most playing time in Dortmund, he should stay there.”