Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can has warned Jadon Sancho that he must keep his behaviour in check if he hopes to join the world’s elite.
Sancho, 20, is rated as one of the game’s finest young footballers thanks to his exploits for Dortmund in recent seasons.
A sensational hat-trick in the club’s 6-1 thrashing of Paderborn underlined his potential, with Manchester United among the clubs interested in the former Manchester City trainee.
The same week as those heroics, however, Sancho found himself in hot water alongside a host of BVB colleagues for breaking coronavirus social distancing protocols in order to get his hair cut .
The DFL handed down a fine for that breach, a judgement that the player declared an “absolute joke.”
But Can, who popped up to score his side’s only goal in a 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, advised his young colleague to watch his future conduct.
“We know that he just has to be more disciplined in some things, but he knows that himself,” the ex-Liverpool and Bayern Munich man told Sky .
“He just has to be smarter and grow up with things like that. He can’t afford to make such mistakes in the future.
“You have to lead Jadon the right way. He’s a great boy, even off the pitch. He doesn’t do it on purpose to cause a scandal.
“Maybe he trusts too many other people in some things.”