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Jadon Sancho is unfazed by reports linking him with a summer move to Manchester United, insisting he is taking no notice of the noise around him.
The Borussia Dortmund winger, 21, is being pursued by the Premier League club with reports on Thursday evening claiming a £67million bid from United had been rejected.
In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s England correspondent, Faye Carruthers, Sancho was asked how he blocks out the speculation over his future as he heads into the Euros.
“I’m cool about it,” he said. “There’s always going to be speculation, especially when you do well.
“It’s just how you handle that on the pitch. You’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing, if you keep on doing that then I’m sure that won’t be a problem.
“The main thing is my football and that’s what I’m focusing on at the moment.”
Sancho has been a revelation since joining Dortmund for a modest £8million fee from Man City in 2017.
The 21-year-old has scored 37 goals and registered 41 assists in his past three seasons in the Bundesliga.
His form has led to England recognition, too, as he will hope to add to his 19 senior caps at Euro 2020, which kicks off on Friday.
Asked if he would rather have no speculation leading up to a major tournament, Sancho replied: “I don’t really look at it.
“During the season, I always focus on myself and the team because that’s the most important thing you can do.
“Every time I’m on the pitch I always give it my all and I try to curate what I do on the pitch and that’s with goals and assists. That’s what I try to do and to work hard for the team.
“Of course, all the boys have a lot of questions. I feel that’s with a lot of players because we’re all such great, young talents.
“When you do well, speculation is always going to come around. I just tell the boys, ‘look, I’m just focusing on football at the moment’ and we’ll just focus on the Euros.”
Sancho has formed a close friendship with fellow England international Jude Bellingham, who joined him at Dortmund for £25m from Birmingham last summer.
The pair helped the Bundesliga giants win the German Cup last month.
Sancho was full of praise for 17-year-old Bellingham, who he dubs his younger brother.
He said: “It’s always a proud moment to be called up to England. I’m happy for Jude as well because I play with him in Germany. He deserves it.
“I’m making sure he’s alright in the camp and whatever he needs I’m there for him. I’d say he’s more composed on the ball since when I first met him. He’s a lot more direct.
“He knows when to find the pass and he always makes the right decision.
“I’d like to say he’s my little brother. We have a good relationship. He’s a nice lad to be around. It’s always nice to have someone from England with me in Germany to talk to.”
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