Birmingham young boy, Jude Bellingham has signed for Borussia Dortmund for £25 million. The 17 years old completed his medical in Dortmund after he was persuaded to join the team over Manchester united. Birmingham will collect a fee of £25m with a potential fee worth several million more depending on appearances, performances, and achievements.
Bellingham will leave his championship club on Wednesday after their final match of the season and travel to Dortmund. Bellingham shared his thoughts and feelings about his departure.
He said I can’t thank Birmingham enough for what they have done for me, not just for this year but since when I have been at the age of seven.
Of course, I wish everyone related to the club nothing but the best once a blue always a blue. However, I am incredibly happy to have joined one of the best European clubs. The direction they are moving to and the way they help improve young players made it easier for me to decide for myself and for my family.
I can’t wait to perform in front of all the fans when there are all back to one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world.
Bellingham chose Dortmund over United and other English clubs. United even went to invite Sir Alex Ferguson when Bellingham came to their training ground.
Dortmund is responsible for the recent impressive improvement of young players like Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic. In August 2019, Bellingham broke the record of former English striker Trevor Francis as the youngest player in Birmingham. He recorded his first-team debut at the age of 16 years and 36 days. He also scored the winning goal for Birmingham against stoke city on his home debut.
Bellingham signed a professional contract with Borussia Dortmund following the steps of Jadon Sancho who went to Dortmund in 2017. He has gone to be one of the club’s best players and one of the best English international.
At the age of 17, his switch from junior to the senior team has been seamless. He has coped in the tough and class of the league, putting enough work and handled the mental side of the step up. Birmingham was well aware they have a great name in their team. And the team deserves a huge compliment for handling the 17 years old.