Jadon Sancho admits Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic is ‘almost a role model for me’

Jadon Sancho admits Christian Pulisic is ‘almost a role model for me’ as Manchester United star reveals how the Chelsea winger took him under his wing when they were both teenagers at Borussia Dortmund

  • Jadon Sancho says Christian Pulisic inspired him when he shone for Dortmund
  • The American striker lit up the Bundesliga before joining Chelsea for £58m in 2019
  • England star Sancho followed Pulisic’s path to the Premier League last summer
  • The 21-year-old has had a mixed first season since joining Man United for £73m.

Manchester United livewire Jadon Sancho has named Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic as an inspiration for the journey that saw him move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in a whopping £73m move last summer.

Pulisic became Dortmund’s second most expensive outgoing player when he joined Chelsea for £58m in 2019, leaving a Bundesliga side that included Sancho.

The pair had combined to tremendous creative effect during their time together in Germany, and Sancho felt he could emulate Pulisic’s path at Stamford Bridge when he was offered the chance to join United.

Jadon Sancho (left) and Christian Pulisic were together at Dortmund between 2017 and 2019

Sancho calls Pulisic a 'role model' for him in Germany who inspired his meteoric career path

Sancho calls Pulisic a ‘role model’ for him in Germany who inspired his meteoric career path

Sancho was in Manchester City’s youth ranks when he moved to Dortmund for £8million aged 17 in 2017.

USA youth international Pulisic’s success through the ranks of the German side gave Sancho the belief that he could make a name for himself with Dortmund, where he netted 20 and netted 16 last season.

Speaking about his surprise departure from City, Sancho told Sky Sport Germany: ‘[Dortmund] tried very hard for me.

“Then I saw who else was playing at Dortmund. For example, Christian Pulisic, who was only 19 at the time, was almost a role model for me.

“I saw it and thought it could be me too. Luckily Dortmund gave me that chance and I think I got the job done.

England rookie Sancho is now at Man United while USA star Pulisic is a Chelsea regular

England rookie Sancho is now at Man United while USA star Pulisic is a Chelsea regular

Pulisic was immediately loaned out to Dortmund for a season and became a Chelsea regular during his three full campaigns with the club.

The Bundesliga is known for giving emerging players the chance to show suitors across Europe why they are worth huge transfer fees, with England wonderkid Jude Bellingham’s move from Birmingham to Dortmund one of the most recent examples. of the career path pursued by Sancho.

Sancho’s switch made Pulisic Dortmund the third most lucrative export in their history. Ousmane Dembele’s £96m move to Barcelona in 2017 remains the club record.

Sancho said: “I wouldn’t say I started a trend, as many say. But maybe other young English players since then have had more confidence in choosing the club where they want to play.

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Rebecca R. Santistevan