Rabbi Matondo: How Jadon Sancho helped former Man City team-mate after he followed in his footsteps by securing Bundesliga transfer

Jadon Sancho got in touch with Rabbi Matondo after the winger quit Manchester City for Schalke earlier this year.

Matondo, 19, became the latest Brit to swap England for Germany when he completed an £11million move to the Bundesliga side in January.

He followed in the footsteps of Sancho, who has become one of the world’s most exciting youngsters since leaving Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

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Matondo has made nine appearances for Schalke since swapping England for Germany
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Matondo, who scored his goal for Schalke last month, revealed Sancho was ‘really good’ to him when he initially moved to Germany.

The Wales winger told talkSPORT: “Jadon contacted me after the move and gave me advice on how to go about things and how things would be.

“He was really good to me when I first moved and it was good to speak to him and see what he had to say.

“He’s doing very well and I hope he continues to do so.

“It was good to speak to him about everything, it gave me more encouragement to try to achieve good things in Germany and hopefully I will.”

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Jadon Sancho is starring for Borussia Dortmund and England
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Matondo and Ademola Lookman have made permanent switches to the Bundesliga this year, while Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson enjoyed a successful loan spell with Hoffenheim last term.

Sancho, who has starred for BVB since his 2017 transfer, is already one of the German top flight’s most effective attackers, and he’s established himself as a regular member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

And there has been an argument for Phil Foden, Manchester City’s talented 19-year-old midfielder, to seek a January loan move in order to improve his playing time.

When asked about his Etihad Stadium departure, Matondo said: “I enjoyed my time at Man City; I think about it now and it was fantastic.

“But at the time, I thought I was doing very well with the Under-23s so I needed to be pushed a bit more.

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“I thought Schalke would be the right place to go and it’s very good at the moment.

“Hopefully I keep playing, learning and improving.“

Matondo will be hoping to play a part in Wales’ crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia later this week.

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