Jadon Sancho has admitted he grew up as a Chelsea fan and idolised former boss Frank Lampard, despite links to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The Borussia Dortmund winger, who left Manchester City in 2017, was born in Camberwell and spent time with Watford’s academy.
However, after failing to get assurances from Pep Guardiola about his future, he moved to the Bundesliga giants and has established himself as one of the most precocious talents in world football.
A talented dribbler with an eye for goal, the 21-year-old is firmly in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the European Championship, which gets underway on talkSPORT on Friday evening.
Such exceptional form has understandably led wandering eyes to cast their glances over to Dortmund’s star man, with United reportedly leading the race for his signature.
Yet it seems as though the London-born superstar has a soft spot for the Blues and saw former England midfielder Frank Lampard as his hero.
“I’d probably say Frank Lampard,” Sancho told talkSPORT. “I was a Chelsea fan growing up, I can’t lie!
“Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard were my favourite players at the time.
“I just love Frank Lampard and how he played his game; he was so direct and so composed on the ball.
“I like things like that.”
Despite enduring almost two years’ worth of speculation about a move to Old Trafford, Sancho remains unmoved about his future and is quietly confident he can remain solely focused on doing his talking on the pitch.
“I’m cool about it,” he said. “There’s always going to be speculation, especially when you do well.
“It’s just how you handle that on the pitch. You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing; if you keep on doing that then I’m sure that won’t be a problem.
“The main thing is my football and that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment.”
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