Manchester City might not have lost Jadon Sancho and his outstanding potential for good, as they have a buy-back clause for the Borussia Dortmund winger. When I was a young kid, I always dreamed of obviously playing for my country.
The Englishman joined the Bundesliga club in August 2017 but has enjoyed astounding success under new coach Lucien Favre, whose wisdom and experience has helped the 18-year-old flourish in the Bundesliga this season.
Although Sancho's overall statistics might not be as impressive given the fact that he has been most often used as a super-sub, we can certainly expect the teenager to become a more prominent part of the Dortmund starting lineup after the global break.
England manager Gareth Southgate resisted the temptation to hand 18-year-old Jadon Sancho his worldwide debut as the Three Lions seek a measure of revenge against Croatia in the Nations League on Friday.
Premier League teams are beginning to take notice following his rise in Germany and Dortmund are well aware that they will struggle to keep hold of the player for the long-term, but talk of an imminent big-money move is being played down.
He has the ideal combination of talent, potential and big name recognition in the American market to make him a prize asset for any club willing to stump up the huge transfer fee. I'm just grateful [Southgate] has seen my progress in the Bundesliga. He chose to take the tough decision to snub a Pep Guardiola-managed Manchester City and has proven his doubters wrong.
Sancho left City for Germany in a £8 million deal but City were keen to ensure that they put themselves at the front of the queue should they wish to re-sign him in the future.
"I would say I'm a bit tricky, direct and just confident", he said.
A run to the last four with the third youngest squad at the World Cup raised expectations of what is to come from a richly talented generation under Gareth Southgate's tutelage. I couldn't ask for anything better than that.
Sancho has earned his first England call up. In response, Sancho failed to turn up for training, eventually sealing his move to the Bundesliga weeks later.
Playing for England brings new pressures, though, and his performances have seen a £100million price tag to be mentioned.
"I didn't really want to leave at the time, but if your club really needs you, I'll be happy because the manager wants me to play".
"That's. I don't know". I just felt my (right step) was going to Dortmund'.