Jude Bellingham has not yet made a decision on his long-term future and is unlikely to do so until after this winter’s World Cup, sources have confirmed to 90min.
The 19-year-old is emerging as one of the most wanted players in world football, a position which Borussia Dortmund are used to in regards to their young stars.
Dortmund have signed and then sold a host of big names in the last decade including the likes of Erling Haaland, Ousmane Dembele and Jadon Sancho, with those three alone bringing in around a quarter of a billion pounds in sales.
The Bundesliga side are fully aware of interest in Bellingham, and ideally they would like to keep him for another 18 months – 90min has been told that staying in Germany is an option on the table and one that Bellingham will consider.
Haaland could have left Dortmund in 2021 but decided to stay for another year and it has not harmed his career, while both Sancho and Dembele were unable to make immediate impacts at their respective new clubs after leaving.
Bellingham was linked with a transfer this summer, but a move away was never something in his thinking. He is happy with the team and people he has around him, including his family, and they are in no hurry to agree a move away from Dortmund. However, that does not mean they are not looking to leave at the end of the season.
Sources have told 90min that once the World Cup has finished – where it is hoped Bellingham will play prominently for England – discussions will take place regarding his future soon after. But decisions will not be made prior to this winter’s tournament.
Indeed, talk of a deal already being in place has been dispelled, despite claims that Liverpool were on course to secure a deal. 90min can confirm Liverpool are very much ready to throw their hat in the ring for Bellingham, but they are one of half-a-dozen clubs who are ready to present an offer to him.
How Bayern Munich poached Jamal Musiala from Chelsea
Bayern Munich technical director Marco Neppe has revealed that the club made the decision to do everything they could to sign the ‘spectacular’ Jamal Musiala after seeing him in action as a 15-year-old for an England junior team.
Although German-born, Musiala lived in England from the age of seven and was briefly in the youth setup at Southampton before joining Chelsea’s academy when he was eight.
Musiala was at Chelsea for eight years in total, going on to represent England at various age groups, but when Bayern came calling in 2019 he decided to head back to Germany. That ultimately also influenced his decision to choose the country of his birth at senior international level.
“It was an international tournament and Jamal was playing for the England under-16 national team,” Neppe told Sky Sport Germany, recalling his first time scouting Musiala.
“Honestly, I can hardly remember any result, but I can remember two players very clearly: Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala, who played together for England. They were spectacular.”
Neppe praised Musiala, now 19 and a key player for both Bayern and Germany, for his ‘incredible touch, skills and movement’, as well as his dribbling ability.
“We kept talking about the name Jamal Musiala in our scouting sessions. He was 15 years old then. It was difficult to get video footage. So it was all about live scouting. We immediately had the unanimous opinion that we would do everything we could to bring him to Bayern,” he continued.
The key factor in persuading Musiala to leave Chelsea in favour of joining Bayern was a meeting in London where Neppe was able to meet the player’s family.
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“I had a very interesting meeting in London, was able to get to know his family and also had talks with him. I remember that very well because I was aware that at this point I was speaking to a 15-year-old who would not have much of a conversation,” the official revealed.
“Jamal was actually not very talkative, but his statements were so clear. It spoke for him and his ambitions. It gave me a good feeling about how he is and what ambitious path he wants to go.”
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Sadio Mane ‘couldn’t believe’ winning Champions League with Liverpool
Sadio Mane remembers being in sheer disbelief when he won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019.
Mane and co went up against Tottenham in the final of the competition that year and won comfortably, beating their Premier League rivals 2-0.
While they entered the match as favourites, the 30-year-old says he couldn’t believe it when Divock Origi scored their second goal to seal the victory and still remembers the night vividly.
“I remember the second goal that Divock Origi scored very well. I was over the moon at that moment. I couldn’t believe it. I just thought back to my childhood, when I was watching the Champions League,” he told UEFA.com.
“I also took a lot of pleasure in watching the excitement surrounding the competition. I found myself playing a final and, more importantly, winning it. It was amazing – 2019 was an outstanding year. The celebrations, the club…
“You just had to be there to understand. I think over half a million people were out in the streets waiting for us to parade our trophy. It was just beautiful.”
After spending three more years at Anfield, Mane left for Bayern Munich this summer but says his former club will always hold a special place in his heart.
“Honestly, I will never forget my time there. I learned a lot – as a man and as a football player,” he stated.
“The supporters were amazing, the people from the city were amazing. It is a club that will stay in my heart forever.
“It is also a legendary club – they have won everything. And also, it is the club that had all the best Champions League nights.”
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