Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre admits the future of Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi is not assured.
Favre is prepared for the prospect of losing both players, although he is still hopeful they will stay for 2020-21 at Signal Iduna Park according to.
“We’ll see after the season,” he said on Monday. “Of course, players will leave. We hope the players will stay, but it is possible that players will leave. You have already mentioned two [Hakimi and Sancho] that we don’t definitely know about.
“Of course, they could stay with us, which would be very good for me. But we’ll see what we’ll do, whether it’s in defence, midfield or attack.”
Former Manchester City winger Sancho has long been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United most persistent.
The future of Hakimi is also unclear given that his loan deal from Real Madrid expires at the end of the season and Dortmund has yet to agree to an extension.
Although the effect of the coronavirus pandemic has made significant transfer investment less feasible across Europe, it remains uncertain if Dortmund will be able to retain Hakimi and avoid Sancho offers.
Without the star duo Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi next season, Lucien Favre thus accepts Borussia Dortmund might have to adjust to life.
Dortmund host Mainz in their next Bundesliga match on Wednesday but if they beat Werder Bremen on Tuesday, Bayern Munich might already have secured the title.
Favre is pleased to congratulate Hansi Flick on leading Bayern to an eighth domestic title in a row.
“I am very happy for my colleague at Bayern,” he said. “He is doing a very good job. I can only congratulate him.”
However, he still thinks things could have been different if a Jerome Boateng handball penalty had been awarded to Dortmund when the two sides met last month in a game that the league leaders went on to win 1-0:
“But I still can’t forget our game against Bayern. It was a clear penalty in the 60th minute [when Erling Haaland’s shot hit Boateng’s arm]. And everything would have been open after that. That would have changed everything. We were close. But in the end, we have to admit that Bayern is clearly the best team.”