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Manchester United appear to have failed in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (Picture: Getty)

Roman Burki insists Jadon Sancho has returned to training with a smile on his face and conducted himself in a professional manner after Borussia Dortmund confirmed that they have no plans to sell their prized possession to Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified Sancho as his number one attacking target at the start of the summer and the 20-year-old looked destined to join the Red Devils after agreeing personal terms over a £220,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford.

But United missed Dortmund’s August 5 deadline to cough up £108million for Sancho and the Bundesliga club appeared to rule out a switch for the England international in a defiant statement from sporting director Michael Zorc earlier this month.

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Sancho flew out to Dortmund’s pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland and appears unfazed by the intense speculation surrounding his future, impressing in friendly matches against SCR Altach and FK Austria Wien.

Asked about his young team-mate, Dortmund goalkeeper Burki told Kicker: ‘I wasn’t 100 per cent expecting him to stay, but I hoped he would.

‘It has always been clear that you have to pay a certain amount of money to buy a player of his quality but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not as easy for the clubs as it was before.

‘I don’t believe Jadon is sad that he will continue with Borussia Dortmund. He comes to training with a smile on his face and is happy to be with us.

‘Jadon is still a top player next year. Time is not running out for him. Besides, he has developed as a personality.

‘I am not aware of any current events that give cause for criticism. Jadon hasn’t done anything wrong in two and a half weeks of pre-season so far.’

Burki says Sancho is happy to continue with Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

After Dortmund’s thumping 6-0 win over SCR Altach, Sancho underlined how much he enjoys playing with his ‘special’ team-mates.

‘I love playing with this lot,’ he said.

‘It is a special bunch. We’ve got some special young players coming up.

‘I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them. I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.’

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