BORUSSIA DORTMUND are in danger of losing the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland if they don't start winning trophies, warns Jan Aage Fjortoft.
Lucien Favre's side fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich at the weekend.
The result saw them fall three points behind Hansi Flick's champions after seven games.
And Fjortoft, 53, believes that they are in danger of losing their stars if they don't start turning good players into silverware.
He told ESPN: "Viv Anderson said to me, 'but Jan, it's quite easy, young kids want to win trophies – that's why they're in the game.'
"One day they will go away, meet each other now at international break and they will say 'you're a good team, you have good talent, how many trophies have you got?'
"I think that is the danger with Dortmund, now having the best Norwegian, the best American, the two best English, although Sancho is not at the moment unfortunately.
"That is the main challenge for Dortmund, how long can they keep these young kids without winning trophies and the culture needs to be built up.
"It's also typical that Bayern [have] got that culture at the moment because they have that winning mentality in there.
On Dortmund's chances of ending their title drought this season, Fjortoft was bleak in his assessment.
He added: "The weakest link in that is Favre of course. Favre loves his football, he loves his analysis and he's a great coach, but at the end of the day, will you take the next step?
"Are Dortmund closer to Bayern than they were last year? I doubt it."
Sancho, 20, was persistently linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer.
And while BVB held on to their star winger this time around, Liverpool and Real Madrid could be in the financial position to enter the race next year.
Los Blancos have also been linked with Haaland, 20, who has scored 27 goals in 29 games for Dortmund since joining ten months ago.
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