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Champions League final 2024: Joe Cole believes Jadon Sancho can be as good as Jude Bellingham

Joe Cole believes Champions League finalist Jadon Sancho has the potential to be as good as Jude Bellingham.

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Champions League finalist Jadon Sancho has the potential to be as good as Jude Bellingham, according to Joe Cole.

The former Chelsea and England forward admits he would love to coach him and can see how much quality he has, even if he is not always showing it on the pitch.

Sancho is set to line-up against Real Madrid at Wembley tonight after struggling to impose himself at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old struggled to break into Erik ten Hag’s plans but has since been thriving since returning to Borussia Dortmund on loan.

He has the chance to win the biggest prize of them all but must help his side overcome 14-time Champions League winners Real Madrid.

On the opposition team is Jude Bellingham, someone Sancho knows well from his first spell in Germany.

Bellingham blossomed into the star he now is with BVB, and while the 20-year-old seemingly gets all the plaudits at the moment, Cole believes Sancho can be just as good.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said:

Jadon Sancho is an incredible talent. He is one player I would liked to have coached, to have really talked to him and to have helped him.

“There’s no reason why Jadon Sancho can’t be where Jude is or where Phil Foden is, ability-wise he is phenomenal.

“I feel like he needs an arm around the shoulder and he gets that at Dortmund, he feels like he’s home.”

Sancho’s future remains unclear but if he impresses at Wembley, he could set his future up to be whatever he likes.

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.