What Jude Bellingham thought of Man Utd when he visited the training ground
Manchester United transfer target Jude Bellingham was “impressed” by the club’s training ground when he visited last month, says Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol. Birmingham City midfielder Bellingham, 16, was shown around Carrington as a ploy by United to convince him to join them over other interested suitors. Chelsea and Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are also interested in the teenage sensation.
Bellingham has been a regular for Birmingham in the Championship since making his debut earlier this season, appearing 32 times in England’s second division.
Solhekol has good things about Bellingham, including comparisons with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
But despite liking what he saw at United’s training ground, Bellingham is yet to decide on his next club.
“Well look, he was impressed by what he saw at Carrington,” Solhekol said on the Transfer Talk podcast.
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“Man United want to sign him, Chelsea want to sign him, Borussia Dortmund want to sign him.
“It’s kind of a similar situation to the situation with Jadon Sancho. He hasn’t made a decision yet on his future.
“Birmingham have given him permission to talk to clubs and that was what he was doing, obviously before this whole coronavirus crisis.
“But he’s a player who is an incredible player, for somebody who’s only 16 to have played 32 times in the Championship for Birmingham City.
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“He’s somebody who’s very level-headed, when you speak to him he sounds like he’s 26, not 16.
“He’s very humble, he’s very well liked by his team-mates at Birmingham.
“Somebody described him to me as having an old head on young shoulders.
“They also said he’s got the potential to be as good as Steven Gerrard.
“His best position is going to be as a box-to-box midfielder. He’s a player who’s got the world at his feet.”
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United legend Rio Ferdinand says Bellingham would be an “expensive gamble” for his former side but says it is a deal they must complete.
Ferdinand said on Instagram: “It’s a gamble, it’s an expensive gamble, but the kid to be playing in the Championship and doing what he’s doing and looking the player he is, it’s a gamble yeah but a calculated one.
“I think he’s someone I would 100 per cent take. If I’m Man United now, go in and get him.
“You can understand why the likes of Borussia Dortmund are trying to get onto this boy and trying to take him.
“The kid to me seems to have it all, he can play anywhere across the front.”
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