Jude Bellingham (19 years old) remains firm: he loves Real Madrid and the midfielder’s choice is to give priority to The whites. As AS has learned, the Englishman prefers Madrid since a return to England is not in the player’s plans at the moment. When he left Birmingham at the age of 17 for Germany, it was a very calculated decision, having decided that experience abroad would help his career more than staying in his home country. He opted to become a star outside his country, something that has gone well for him at Dortmund, and he sees no reason to change it.
Madrid has received feedback of the Bellingham entourage that strengthens their plans, which is to have Bellingham as the Galactic of 2023 (Haaland will be 2024). Have Bellingham’s’Yeah‘ in his pocket is essential for the powerful operation that the club has launched around this transfer. In this way, Madrid would avoid getting into a bloody bidding war with their big three potential British employers, Manchester City, United and Liverpool, which would likely drive Bellingham’s price up to one that would make things impossible to buy. continue for the Spanish team. With that tricky alternate reality off the table, Reaching an agreement with Borussia Dortmund, a club with an excellent relationship with Madrid, would be easier.
Despite this huge card up the sleeve of the Real Madrid magician, the club is realistic about the cost of the transfer and even more after the excellent World Cup that the midfielder played with the Three Lions. An agreement in the range of 120 million euros seems inevitable, although Dortmund does not intend to fight. Hans-Joachim Watzke, the coach of the German club, is committed to maintaining this fluid relationship with Real Madrid, which in recent years has allowed him preferential access to the loan of several of Real Madrid’s youngest stars, such as Hakimi Achraf or Reinier.
From the point of view of the Spanish club, Bellingham’s positive attitude clears up one of the possible questions surrounding his adaptation, which is his move into the dressing room. Madrid wants him to share space with Modric in 2023 to facilitate his adaptation process and made a sweet change in midfield from 2024when the Croatian is expected to be able to start a new chapter in his life, retire with all the trophies he could wish for, or embark on a new adventure in another country.
“Bellingham is the future of midfielders”have concluded in the corridors of Madrid, but the adaptation of a British footballer to the The whites it continues to be a recurring historical event with very different results. David Beckham and Steve McManaman got it, but Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate not so much. And there is the recent example of Gareth Bale, who is in his own league.
As AS has revealed on previous occasions, Madrid has chosen to go on the market only for specific footballers or for irresistible opportunities (Rüdiger, for example): Bellingham is part of that first group. Despite his young age, he is considered to be ready to level up and lead the way within a great team. It is also thought that if it falls into the wealthy hands of the Premier League, because of the gigantic economic potential of the Big Six (Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal), it will be almost impossible to get him out of the bubble in the future.
What’s more, Bellingham he was England’s only starter in Qatar not playing in the Premier League, and never has. ThereforeMadrid have been working with the player to offer themselves as the best alternative outside of England.
The World Cup has been the last brilliant appearance of a Bellingham that stands alongside Musiala (Bayern) as the superstars of the Bundesliga. At Dortmund he has emerged as a total midfielder who has now expanded his margin of influence, which was already wide, with goals. He is about to reach ten goals this season and is the team’s top scorer in this Champions League, with four goals. In the round of 16 he will return home, since the draw paired Dortmund with Chelsea.
It has a growth projection that Madrid, with Ancelotti at the top of the list, considers that it would fit like a glove in the idea of renewing the midfield, something that a club started two years ago. fedevalverdewhich was a project of Real Madrid Castilla (team B), joined camavinga (20 years old) in 2021, Tchouameni (22 years old) in 2022 and Bellingham would be the piece of the 2023 puzzle, at just 20 years old. Is a construction project without pressure, being able to generate a mixture with veterans Modric and Krooswho continue to give weekly master classes to each other, forming a top-level competition in the eleven.
There is money to face it
To finish building together that youth center of the field that the people of Madrid yearn for, they will have to make a strong investment with Jude Bellingham, but financially it will not be a problem. The signing of Tchouameni was divided (€20M of the total €100M are in variables) and then the club made cash with Casemiro (€72M fixed and €13M in variables). Dortmund’s talent is another footballer who will more than break the €100M barrier, but at Madrid they have the muscle for it.