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Erling Haaland is ‘sad’ to see Jadon Sancho sign £79m with Manchester United

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Erling Haaland says he is ‘sad’ to see his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho join Manchester United.

Sancho will leave the Bundesliga this summer after signing a five-year deal worth £79million with the Premier League giants.

Haaland says the 21-year-old will be missed at Dortmund as he is a ‘top player’ but insists that club will find a suitable replacement.

Haaland and Sancho created a formidable partnership in the Bundesliga – contributing to 52 goals during the 2020-2021 season and help Dortmund finish third.

When asked to express his feelings about Sancho leaving, Haaland told Stadium Astro: ‘Me and Jadon understood each other very well and he’s a top player.

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‘So of course it’s sad that he goes but that’s how it is and that’s football. You never know what will happen.

‘But I think that there’s a lot of other good players that I have a good tone with and it can become even better.

‘We have to see who I match the best with.’

Sancho will become the Manchester United’s third expensive signing of all-time after midfielder Paul Pogba and club captain Harry Maguire.

He will also arrive at Manchester United off the back of a stellar career with Dortmund – scoring 50 goals in 137 matches and providing 64 assists as well.

Sancho’s arrival at the club is significant for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he was eager to recruit the England international last summer, but the Red Devils failed to agree terms with Dortmund.

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Solskjaer hopes Sancho will strengthen his squad as he looks to push for the Premier League title once again.

While Sancho’s move back to Manchester should also help him draw a line under his Euro 2020 heartbreak with England after being one of three players to have missed from the penalty spot in the final.

While Solskjaer has yet to publicly offer any comment over Sancho joining the club this summer, he has already spoken out and thrown his support behind Rashford.

‘When you step up to take a penalty, I think you’ve already won,’ he said. ‘think it’s a great character trait to step up and say, “I will deal with it and the consequences”.

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‘I’ve not seen many people, at this club anyway, who lay down and say, “I’ll not take a penalty anymore”. I know Marcus is going to put his hand up and say he wants to take one for us.’

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