Jadon Sancho admitted to talkSPORT that he grew up as a Chelsea fan and idolized Frank Lampard.
The Borussia Dortmund winger, who left Manchester City for Germany in 2017, was born in Camberwell, London.
Sancho spoke to talkSPORT ahead of England’s Euro opener[/caption]
A talented dribbler with an eye for goal, the 21-year-old is firmly in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the European Championship, which kicks off on talkSPORT Friday night.
Such exceptional form in Germany naturally led to wandering eyes to glance at the star man from Dortmund, with Manchester United apparently leading the race for his signing.
Still, it seems Sancho has a soft spot for the Blues.
“I would probably say Frank Lampard,” Sancho told talkSPORT when asked who his English hero was. “I was a Chelsea fan growing up, I can’t lie!
“Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard were my favorite players at the time.
“I love Frank Lampard and the way he played his game; he was so direct and calm on the ball.
“I like things like that.”
Despite having endured nearly two years of speculation about a move to Old Trafford, Sancho remains unmoved about his future and will remain focused solely on his speech on the pitch.
“I’m cool about it,” he said, asked about speculation linking him to United. “There will always be speculation, especially when you’re doing well.
“It’s just the way you handle it on the pitch. You have to keep doing what you are doing; if you continue like this i’m sure it won’t be a problem.
“The main thing is my football and that’s what I’m focusing on right now.”
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