Published: 10:34, January 8, 2024 | Updated: 10:34, January 8, 2024
Dortmund dreaming of good old times with Sancho
By Xinhua

Manchester United's Jadon Sancho (right) and Tottenham's Pedro Porro challenge for the ball during the Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Aug 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

BERLIN - New spirits accompany Borussia Dortmund in their winter training camp in southern Spain as they try to achieve a restart after the first half of a disappointing Bundesliga season.

"To write us off for this season is a mistake. We will be acting differently with a new approach”, sporting director Sebastian Kehl said while the club hopes to announce winger Jadon Sancho's return on a loan basis shortly.

Media reports speak of three million euros to sign Sancho on loan until the end of the 2023-24 season. The 23-year-old stands for the good old times in Dortmund, contributing 114 goals and assists in 137 games

Negotiations with Manchester United seem to be in the final stages, with Dortmund's leaders in anticipation for additional energy provided by Sancho.

The Englishman played for Dortmund from 2017 to 2021 and appeared to be on track for a promising career, but has struggled in United's shirt.

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Dortmund coach Edin Terzic came under fire following an early exit in the German Cup and with a 15-point deficit from league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Media reports speak of three million euros to sign Sancho on loan until the end of the 2023-24 season.

The 23-year-old stands for the good old times in Dortmund, contributing 114 goals and assists in 137 games.

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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, also a former Dortmund player, fueled the deal by posting a photo showing him together with Sancho in Dortmund's shirt after winning the German Cup in 2021.

Meanwhile, Dortmund is said to be targeting Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen. Like Sancho, the Dutch under-21 international is expected to join on a loan deal.

Kehl spoke of a relaunch in the upcoming months and called qualification for the 2024-25 UEFA Champions League the club's first goal.

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"We have proved our spirits in the past and we will again”, the official said, demanding the team and coach achieve satisfying results from the start.

For the fans, hopes entirely seem to rest on the shoulders of Sancho, with supporters flooding Dortmund's homepage with enthusiastic comments and welcoming the return of the forward ahead of a final agreement.