Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has responded to the latest speculation linking him with Premier League giants , and .
Bellingham has developed into one of the best midfielders in Europe, starring for Dortmund in the Bundesliga and following a £25m move from Birmingham City in 2020.
The 19-year-old has already made more than 100 appearances for Dortmund and has 17 caps for England, who he helped reach the European Championships final in 2021.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in signing Bellingham next summer and Dortmund are expected to cash in on the teenage sensation, who is valued at more than £100m.
But while a stunning transfer move could be on the horizon, Bellingham says he is entirely focused on his current side Borussia Dortmund and is not ‘not even thinking about the World Cup’, never mind his next club.
Speaking after Dortmund’s goalless Champions League draw with Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday night, Bellingham said: ‘In all honesty I’m not thinking about anything like that [the transfer rumours].
‘You [the media] will be angry with me as you won’t get a headline, but I’m just focused on the next games with Borussia Dortmund.
‘I’m not even thinking about the World Cup. I’m trying to win games with Borussia Dortmund and then we’ll see what happens.’
Ex-Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland – now at Man City – returned to his former club on Tuesday but only played 45 minutes before being taken off at half-time.
Bellingham was seen talking to Haaland after the game and said: ‘Obviously it is nice to keep all of them [City players] out, but obviously him in particular because we know how dangerous he is.
‘I said to him at the end of the game, “We’re 1-1 now on goals!”. So I’m not too satisfied because I haven’t scored either!
‘But of course we got the draw and that’s what we needed from the game and we’re just happy to go through really so we can carry on this journey.’
The 0-0 draw ensures both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund are safely through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Champions League odds
Man City: 15/8
Bayern Munich: 5/1
Real Madrid: 11/1
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