Borussia Dortmund are set to double Jude Bellingham’s salary after Chelsea were linked with the dynamic young midfielder.
Dortmund fought to get their hands on the 17-year-old. He finally signed for the Bundesliga club last summer. Undisclosed charges were understood by Sky Sports be an initial amount of £ 25million. This made him the most expensive 17-year-old in history and he has already started paying him in Germany. Bellingham has made 42 stunning appearances for Dortmund this season and has already received admiring looks from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter, AS Roma, Bayern Munich and all of England’s top teams, especially Man Utd, were chasing Bellingham. The player even visited Carrington and was introduced to Sir Alex Ferguson. But such is Dortmund’s reputation for its bloody young players, with the England starlet heading to Germany.
A return to England, where he made a name for himself with Birmingham, is inevitable. And earlier this month, according to Eurosport Chelsea were the “most interested” suitor for Bellingham’s services.
This prompted Dortmund officials to quickly review Bellingham’s contract. Midfielder signed a ‘long term contract’ with the club on a report of £ 42,000 per week. However, BVB officials are proposing to drop that contract and offer Bellingham a £ 82,000 a week contract to keep Chelsea at bay, according to Photo.
Eurosport also claim that Liverpool are also watching Bellingham. Manchester City have also expressed interest before heading to Germany.
If a Premier League club wants to rekindle interest this summer, they can expect to pay a lot more than the £ 25million Dortmund has invested.
Gareth Southgate called Bellingham to his senior England squad in March. He played 45 minutes in the World Cup qualifying victory over San Marino. He was then excluded from the Under-21 squad for the Euro and is expected to be named to England’s 26-man senior squad.
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Bellingham maturity hailed
Southgate said he was extremely impressed with Bellingham’s temper and maturity.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with him as a human being. His parents did a fantastic job and should be very proud. He has humility, good manners, confidence and a nice way of him, ”Southgate said recently.
“There was a video the FA released about his personal ideas and I couldn’t believe some of his interactions with the fans in Birmingham at the age of 16, 17.
“Few players have the confidence to move the fans forward. And make them roar behind the team when they come to score, and I thought that was important enough to show the level of his thinking. And her comfort to go and put yourself out there to do that.
“So I’m very, very impressed with him. We have to make sure that we take care of it, that we contribute to that education and that development.
“We have to protect him at the right time, but he’s doing it exactly the right way.
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