Kevin De Bruyne has clarified Jadon Sancho’s rise as ‘mad’ while recalling his time while the gifted English attacker was growing at Manchester City.

Sancho has since become one of the hottest properties in world soccer with Target lately revealing Manchester United were top Chelsea in the race for his signature.

Recalling his experience training with Sancho, De Bruyne commended his journey to stardom and joked about the 100 million-plus fee it is likely going to take to signal the attacker.

“[Sancho] is mad,” De Bruyne stated in an Instagram live session with Belgium team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Axel Witsel.

“It is weird, I coached a couple of times with him and he was gone – incredible.

“Sometimes it goes like that but it’s great for him.

“Now in case you want him you’ve got to cover… I don’t need to know!”

Sancho made his debut for Dortmund in 2017 but burst into the spotlight the next season, scoring 12 goals and getting 17 assists in 34 Bundesliga matches.

The England star continued his form throughout the present campaign, recording an impressive 17 goals and 19 assists across all contests.

Sancho’s global team-mate Marcus Rashford expects that the flying winger will join him at Manchester United once the transfer window opens.

“It’d be great [if Sancho joined],” Rashford stated. “Sancho’s a wonderful player and he is like a new generation player.

“It’s definitely exciting to see him become the player he is becoming.

“He plays off the cuff, he is creative and imaginative – these are the things you will need to be world class.”

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has stated that even if Sancho wants to proceed, the coronavirus crisis won’t lead to the Bundesliga side dropping their asking price due to their star asset.

“I can clearly state that despite the existential crisis, even the richest clubs do not need to think they could go bargain hunting at Dortmund,” Watzke told Bild.

“We shouldn’t sell anybody below value. Before the coronavirus outbreak, we stated that we favor that Jadon remains with us.”