Borussia Dortmund turned down an offer from a “super club” for Jadon Sancho, according to CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
The 19-year-old England international joined the Bundesliga side from Man City for £7million in August 2017 and contributed 12 goals and 17 assists in his debut season.
He was named in the Bundesliga Team of the Year and his form drew interest from a host of top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Watzke told Ruhr Nachrichten: “A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again.
“He knew I meant what I said.”
Despite consistently rejecting speculation that Sancho will leave Dortmund, Watzke has now conceded that Sancho won’t be at the club forever.
“There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential,” Watzke. “He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it.
“When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”