JADON SANCHO has been urged to reject any approach from Chelsea and stay at Borussia Dortmund.
ESPN FC pundit and former England striker Paul Mariner believes it would be too much too soon for the youngster.
Chelsea have been linked with interest in the 18-year-old, who has begun to light up the Westfalendstadion.
Sancho’s impressive performances for Dortmund have earned him a senior call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
And the teenager, who quit Manchester City to move to Germany, has a big future ahead of him.
Chelsea, though, are flourishing under Maurizio Sarri with Eden Hazard leading their attack.
Willian, Pedro, Ross Barkley, Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata help too as threats going forward, meaning Sancho would have huge competition for a place at Stamford Bridge.
Even at Dortmund, many of the London-born attacker’s appearances have come from off the bench.
And Mariner believes it would be more valuable to Sancho if he were to stay and progress at Dortmund for another couple of years at least.
On a move to Chelsea, Mariner said: “Too early.
“I like him. I think this kid, to go overseas and really put his mark on the club, to be perfectly honest.
“When you see him he’s good on the dribble, when he’s on the dribble he sees the pass.
“He likes an assist, likes a nice goal, he can finish when he gets in.
“Look, his future is very, very bright but it’s sort of similar to other young players.
“If you’re in a nice situation, just learn your trade, maybe another year or two.
“That’s a big move from Dortmund to Chelsea, who are actually playing okay.
“So I’m going to say no, I’m going to say not at the moment. But he’s definitely got a future that boy.”
Sancho, who has been talked up as a potential £100m star in the future, is reportedly attracting attention from many of the Premier League’s elite now.
And he could make his England debut soon with Sancho in the squad for Friday’s UEFA Nations League game with Croatia and Monday’s against Spain.