Jadon Sancho did not want to challenge himself to break into the Manchester City line-up, Pep Guardiola has claimed.
The teenager turned down a professional contract with the Etihad club to move to Borussia Dortmund in 2017 to get more first team opportunities.
This season Sancho has been on remarkable form, recording eight goals and ten assists in 25 matches.
His good performances earned himself a call-up to the England squad in October and he made his debut against Croatia that month.
But Citizens chief Guardiola has revealed Sancho was unwilling to fight for his spot in the Man City first-team.
“He didn’t want to take this challenge, this opportunity to discover if he was able to,” he said.
“He decided to go there. So it’s perfect. It’s going well and congratulations on what he is doing.
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“He is doing an incredible performance. He did incredibly well this season. What would have happened this season (here)? I don’t know.
“With the players, it depends on them and what they do on the pitch.”
Earlier this week, Sancho was called-up to the latest England squad for their matches against Czech Republic and Montenegro this month.
Gareth Southgate’s side begin their qualification campaign for Euro 2020, a tournament which will be partly held in London.
Meanwhile, Manchester City face Swansea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The match kicks-off at 5.20pm.