Earlier today, Real Madrid announced the arrival of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. The transfer had already been confirmed by the German outfit last week, in a deal worth €103 million plus 30% add-ons, which could take the cost of the total operation to just over €130 million.
With Real Madrid now making an official announcement of the transfer from their end, it has been confirmed that the England international will be signing a six-year contract with the Merengues until the summer of 2029.
Journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided further details about the contract that Bellingham has signed with Real Madrid.
As per the Italian journalist, Bellingham will earn a salary of around €10-12 million per season at Real Madrid.
Despite the teenager carrying a minor injury, Romano claims that he passed his medicals without any issue, further stating that Real Madrid believe that they have signed a top player for years to come.
Bellingham’s signing comes on the back of the presentations of Fran Garcia and Brahim Diaz, although the latter is not technically a new signing and is only returning after a three-year loan stint with AC Milan.
Real Madrid’s signings are not over by any means as they need a new striker to replace Karim Benzema. Kylian Mbappe has jumped to the top of the wishlist, with PSG ready to sell him this summer. Los Blancos are said to be willing to splash €200 million for him.
As for Bellingham, the 19-year-old becomes the second most expensive transfer at Real Madrid after Eden Hazard. And the La Liga behemoths will be hoping that the youngster fares better than the former Chelsea superstar.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”