Liverpool are among the clubs to be linked with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Liverpool target Jude Bellingham has already explained what clubs will need to prove if they’re to prise him from Borussia Dortmund in the near future.
The Reds are among a number of top European clubs to be linked with the England international, who could be on the move next summer. Liverpool are in desperate need of long-term midfield reinforcement and Bellingham is a name that has been continuously linked with the club ever since his arrival at Dortmund in 2020.
The likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chelsea have also been credited with interest and are reportedly set to battle it out for his signature next summer. Should he decide his future lies away from Dortmund, clubs will have a huge task persuading him they’re the right fit.
Speaking earlier this year, Bellingham highlighted the need to ‘move forward’ and how well the Bundesliga club have nurtured his talent. It’s clear his next destination will need to prove they are a step forward for the player, as opposed to a step in the wrong direction.
“I have my destiny in my hands,” the midfielder told Ruhr Nachrichten BVB (via 90 min). “I know that if I try hard and trust the people around me, I can move forward. I came from England as a young talent. There was not much pressure. The first season went well. There were also matches where I sat on the bench and sometimes I did not play at all.
“I think my development this year has meant that I have played a bigger role in every game except two. I am very grateful to Dortmund for the way they have nurtured my talent. I think a lot of the credit goes to the coaching staff and the staff who keep the noise around me. In this way, I can only focus on winning matches, because that’s what I’m here for.”
Since joining Dortmund two years ago, Bellingham has gone on to make 100 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals and registering 18 assists. He also got himself on the scoresheet midweek in their Champions League defeat to Manchester City.
The 19-year-old is under contract until 2025 and Dortmund will be in no rush to part ways with another of their star players. However, with the interest in him only increasing, they may struggle to keep a hold of one of the most promising young talents in the game.