Pep Guardiola has said that Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho decided not to take the challenge at Manchester City when he left the Premier League club.
Sancho opted against signing a new deal with the reigning Premier League champions and instead headed to the Bundesliga in August 2017 for a reported £8 million fee.
After making 12 league appearances in his debut season, the teenager has become a key component of Lucien Favre’s side in 2018-19, helping Dortmund establish themselves as title contenders in Germany.
His club form led to international recognition with England at the end of last year, rewarding his decision not to take the “challenge” of competing for first-team minutes at City, according to Guardiola.
“I don’t know. He didn’t want to take this challenge, this opportunity to discover if he was able to,” Guardiola told the media.
“He decided to go there. So, it’s perfect. It’s going well and congratulations on what he is doing.
“He is doing an incredible performance. He did it incredibly well this season. What would have happened this season [at City]? I don’t know.
“Again, with the players, it depends on them and what they do on the pitch.”