Jadon Sancho admitted that he grew up as a Chelsea fan and idolized former boss Frank Lampard, despite his ties 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 academy.
However, after failing to get assurances from Pep Guardiola about his future, he joined the Bundesliga giants and established himself as one of the earliest talents in world football.
A talented dribbler with a sense of purpose, the 21-year-old is firmly in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the European Championship, which kicks off on talkSPORT on Friday night.
Such exceptional form naturally led to wandering eyes to glance at the star man from Dortmund, with United apparently leading the race to his signing.
Still, it seems the London-born superstar has a soft spot for the Blues and saw former England midfielder Frank Lampard as his hero.
“I would 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 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 is quietly confident that he can remain solely focused on his speech on the pitch.
“I’m cool about it,” he said. “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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