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Bellingham turned down Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG for ‘suspicious finances’ – report

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It surely cannot be a simple decision for a player to choose his next destination in the world of football, let alone when all the options on the table are champions in their own right.

Such was the plight of Jude Bellingham less than a month ago. With Real Madrid, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, and Chelsea at his doorstep, the Englishman was spoilt for choices.

According to reports from SPORT1, Bellingham had a rather unique mode of eliminating the candidates interested.

The midfielder did not want to join a club with ‘suspicious finances’ in today’s world of Financial Fair Play and that was the criteria by which he eliminated not only Manchester City but also PSG and Chelsea.

Despite Pep Guardiola’s side going on the aggressive to sign him, Bellingham did not sway.

In fact, the youngster had a far more lucrative offer on the table from England than what Real Madrid offered him. However, his priority has always been a strong sporting project and that was the factor that steered his decision.

The Merengues are now ‘closer than ever’ to completing their dream target’s acquisition. But talks with Borussia Dortmund are yet to take off, although there is optimism that it will not be a major issue.

Moreover, an agreement with the player to sign a five-year contract until 2028 is also understood to be close.

In 29 Bundesliga appearances for the German outfit this season, the 19-year-old has scored five goals and provided four assists. Further, he averages 1.1 key passes per game and has created eight big chances.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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