Teen sensation Jude Bellingham turned down a host of clubs to join Dortmund.
English wonderkid, Jude Bellingham has rejected offers from a number of clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool, to finally pen a contract with Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund.
Former Liverpool right-back Philipp Degen, now working as an agent for SBE Management, has claimed the €25m youngster was heavily linked with United in the summer window along with a host of other clubs in the mix, all vying for the signature of the Englishman, but chose Dortmund as his footballing destination.
Degen says he knows Mark Bellingham, the player’s father, and representative, very well and knows what a “massive” fight it was between Europe’s elite clubs for the 17-year old. The Swiss agent also heaped praise on Borussia Dortmund and commended their remarkable strides in youth development, saying it was the right move by Bellingham to sign for them.
In conversation with the Liverpool Echo on their podcast, he said:
“Dortmund made this challenge and they won it and it is the right step for me to get to a big star. Dortmund have shown before that they can develop players to a higher level and they can do very big steps, so it was the right decision.
Real, Barca, AC Milan, Inter, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Dortmund – all the top teams in England, especially Man United- and when you see the fight for this boy, it was massive.
Even between the agents – and I know Mark, his agent very well – and I really like when people have a straight mind and they never forget from where they are coming.
It was the right decision and the right move – that is clear.”
Bellingham is fast becoming hot property in England alongside senior teammate Jadon Sancho, with his valuation rising every season.
He became Birmingham City’s youngest ever first-team player when he made his senior debut in August 2019 at the age of 16, before becoming the most expensive 17-year-old in history on joining Dortmund.
The starlet made his senior appearance for the Black and Yellows in their first game of the new season in September 2020 against MSV Duisburg where he became their youngest ever scorer in any competitive match and when Bellingham faced Lazio in the group stage on 20 October, aged 17 years and 113 days, he became the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League match, breaking the record previously set by Phil Foden.
The signs are all there that the youngster will thrive at Dortmund and will soon become one of the most coveted central midfielders in Europe.
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