'Brilliant': Dortmund boss Terzic lauds Sancho on Wembley return

football01 June 2024 22:54| © AFP
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Jadon Sancho © Gallo Images

Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic praised the "brilliant" Jadon Sancho after the England winger impressed again in Saturday's 2-0 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

Returning to England for the first time since he came back to Dortmund on loan in January after a miserable time at Manchester United, Sancho was a major factor as the Germans threatened to take the lead before going down to two second-half goals at Wembley.

"The last six months Jadon has been brilliant for us. Of course, it took time to get back into shape, but you can feel there's quality and his skills are going to improve our game straight away," Terzic said.

"He didn't improve only his game, but he improved players all around him."

In his first four years at the Westfalenstadion, Sancho scored 50 goals and laid on 64 more in 137 games. He won the 2021 German Cup shortly before joining United for a fee of 85 million euros ($93 million).

But at Old Trafford, he scored just 12 times in 82 appearances and fell out with manager Erik Ten Hag earlier this season, who banished him to training with the reserve team.

Dortmund offered Sancho a lifeline and he returned to Germany in January having not played first-team football since September.

Sancho's six-month loan officially ended after Saturday's game and while Dortmund have said publicly they would like to keep the player, the 24-year-old's future is uncertain.

Terzic dodged questions about where London-raised Sancho would play next season but predicted a bright future for a player who has returned to form and rehabilitated his reputation at Dortmund.

"I didn't speak about the future because we're taking about the present. We played a Champions League final in his home town and I'm really happy he's with us.

"You can feel the joy he receives in the dressing room and that he brings into the dressing room.

"I'm very happy to work with Jadon. We don't know yet what the future will bring but for sure it'll bring him another Champions League final."