Reported Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham has insisted that he isn’t thinking about a move to the Premier League.
The 19-year-old is currently in England with Borussia Dortmund, as they prepare to face Manchester City this evening. And conducting press conference duties yesterday via MrBeanyman on YouTube, Bellingham talked about his future.
“I’m very happy here at the minute and focused on all the goals we have as a team at Borussia Dortmund, I’m really not looking past that,” said the midfielder, who Liverpool have reportedly been tracking.
“The club have done loads for me, made me feel very welcome since I first came and given me the opportunities to develop even further. So, to look past that and into the future would be disrespectful.”
Bellingham was then asked whether he was interested in moving back to England as a ‘long-term goal.’ But the England man wasn’t in the mood to give anything away.
“It’s not something I’m thinking about to be honest. I’ve got a massive game against Man City tomorrow, I think to be even thinking about something like that would be crazy,” he insisted.
Liverpool battling Man United for Bellingham
The race to sign Bellingham next summer is set to be an intense one. For a long while, Liverpool have been thought to be one of the clubs hoping to be at the front of the pack.
Just yesterday even, there was a little update on whether or not that’s likely to be the case.
Speaking on Football Daily, Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenburg said Liverpool have ‘a very good chance’ to sign Bellingham.
“I’m totally convinced he will leave Dortmund in 2023,” said Plettenburg. “Maybe to Liverpool, maybe to Manchester United. I think these are two teams who have a very good chance to get him.”
Come next summer, Liverpool’s need for a top-level midfield addition will only be amplified. Thiago’s majestic display against Ajax last night once again showed the difference in The Reds with a world-class midfielder present.
Bellingham may not be that just yet, but he’s certainly on the way to being. That’s of course reflected in the fee he’s likely to cost Liverpool.
But The Reds can’t stall any longer. If they really do want Bellingham, then they’re going to have to pay top dollar for him.
In terms of the player’s response here, too much shouldn’t be read into it. Bellingham appears an impressive young man and there’s little chance he’d publicly engineer a move away from Dortmund at this stage.