Jadon Sancho has finally spoken out while part of Borussia Dortmund's pre-season trip to Austria.
The England international continues to be linked with a mega-money move to Manchester United, despite the Red Devils missing the August 10 deadline to secure a transfer.
That date was imposed by Dortmund, who are refusing to budge on both their £100m valuation or their pre-established timeline.
Sancho started from the outset tonight as the German club won 6-0 in their first friendly of the summer.
And speaking after the clash, the United target spoke of how happy he was to be playing for the Bundesliga side.
"I love playing with this lot. It‘s a special bunch," Sancho said.
"We've got some special young players coming up. I’m really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them. I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors.
"I’m happy for them."
Sancho's Dortmund team-mates have expressed their delight at the club's decision to keep the youngster.
Midfielder Axel Witsel said: “He stays and we're all happy.
"He’s one of the most important players offensively for our team.
"It's really good news for us to keep him – at a minimum – one more season.”
Speaking earlier this week, Dortmund chief Michael Zorc confirmed Sancho would be staying after the August 10 deadline was missed.
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"We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions," Zorc told reporters on Monday.
"Last summer, we adjusted Jadon's salary to match the development of his performances.
"So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then."
United are refusing to give up on Sancho and continue to negotiate with Dortmund chiefs and middle men.
The summer transfer window closes for English clubs on October 5.
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