Jadon Sancho has admitted he feels honoured to have become the latest superstar name to sign for Manchester United.
The 21-year-old winger ended a year of speculation about his future by finally sealing his £72.9m move from Borussia Dortmund on Friday – a move which has fans drooling about what the future holds.
Speaking to MUTV, Sancho confessed to being just as excited about the move, insisting the club’s long-term project was too appealing to turn down.
“It’s an honour,” he said. “Growing up, Manchester United was one of the biggest clubs that everyone knows, and of course there is also all the trophies they’ve won and there have been many iconic players that have come before me. So I’m very happy to be wearing this jersey now.
“When I was at Dortmund I was just playing my football and blocking out all of the noise and focusing on what me and my team had to accomplish. Obviously when I was at the Euros that’s when things started to pick up even more and I started to hear that United were interested, and I’m here today.
“It feels very nice. To have the fans by my side is always a great feeling, especially when you come to a new club, because you need to feel comfortable straight away, and I’m sure the fans will give me that feeling.”
The hope is that Sancho will settle in quickly. He spent time in Manchester earlier in his career and is close friends with the English cohort at Old Trafford, particularly Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw.
“I first met Marcus when I first got selected for England,” he continued. “I don’t think he was at that first camp, I think he was at the second camp after that, when we played Czech Republic. I think him and Jesse [Lingard] were at that camp. Him and Jesse were obviously together and I just started to speak with them and we started hanging around with each other and we’ve got closer and closer ever since.
“This is my first tournament meeting Luke, because previous camps he wasn’t there. But Luke is a very nice guy and one of my guys to speak to in the changing room.”
Restoring an English spine to United was a key goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose mission upon joining the club was to end years of frustration and finally get United back to the top of the Premier League table.
The progress has been clear. United were the second-best team in the country last season – form which clearly piqued Sancho’s interest.
“That’s one of the reasons why I came to Manchester, because I can see the development that’s going on here and I want to be a part of it, especially because it’s such an iconic club and being part of it is kind of a dream come true,” Sancho said. “I’m sure my family will be proud of me making this big step.
“I can’t wait to get started and obviously want to bring trophies to where they belong. I can’t wait to get started – see you soon.”