Jadon Sancho was told to stop at Manchester United this summer and to stay with Borussia Dortmund instead.
United are leading the game to sign the 20-year-old in the next transfer window, but Dortmund captain Marco Reus believes Sancho’s development will be better served by staying with the club for now.
Sancho’s blister form for Dortmund this season, scoring 14 goals and adding 15 assists in the Bundesliga, has led to expectations that it will continue in the summer.
United is one of the few clubs that could afford a commission in excess of £ 100 million for the British international and fits the signing profile that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritized so far.
But Reus believes Sancho should show patience and wait for the right moment to move, rather than leaving after just three years with Dortmund.
“Jadon is an exceptional player and will certainly remain in demand by many clubs. This is a fact,” he said Sport Bild.
“It is now playing at an even higher level than last year and would be extremely valuable for achieving our goals.
“I would advise him to stay at the BVB for another year, maybe two. From my point of view, there is currently no better place for him.
“Later on, he can take the plunge as an even more complete player, having developed further in peace here as a regular owner.”
Sancho left Manchester City in 2017 to take the brave step of moving to the Bundesliga, a decision that has been rewarded handsomely.
But Reus warned of another move and had to settle in a new club at an early age, especially with Sancho, then home with Dortmund.
“He should find his place in a new club, which isn’t always easy for a 20-year-old,” said the Dortmund captain.
“How interesting do you think Jadon will be for bigger clubs if he spends one, two or three more years to develop further?”