Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has given his verdict on sought-after Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday, October 25.
The 19-year-old has become one of the most exciting prospects in Europe in recent years. He began his career at his local club, Birmingham City, before making a move to the Bundesliga in 2020. He is regarded as one of the most complete midfielders in world football.
Jude Bellingham’s game by numbers vs. Stuttgart:
85% pass accuracy
60 passes completed
9/13 ground duels won
4/7 long balls completed
4/6 dribbles completed
4/5 tackles won
2/3 aerial duels won
2 key passes
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— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 22, 2022
Since then, Bellingham has only continued to impress and develop on a bigger stage. He has gone on to captain his club, become an England international and put in some outstanding performances in the Champions League. He played a key role for his national team at the EURO 2020 tournament, in which they reached the final. More recently, he finished second in the prestigious Golden Boy 2022 rankings.
This summer some of the most highly decorated clubs across Europe are expected to take part in a ‘Battle for Bellingham’, as it’s expected the Birmingham-born talent will be seeking a new challenge after two years at the German side. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid are among the clubs interested.
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Guardiola gives his verdict on Bellingham:
At a pre-match press conference, Pep Guardiola said: “Borussia Dortmund is the perfect place for young talent to come. Maybe if Jude Bellingham was in England he would go to City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham, maybe he would not get the minutes. The best thing for a young player to be better is to play…