According to MARCA, Borussia Dortmund have started to take note of the interest attracted by their star player Jude Bellingham.
The Englishman has become the hottest prospect in Europe right now, with clubs such as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool keen on securing his services in the coming summer.
In light of the widespread interest around Bellingham, Dortmund have started to take note, with the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirming the fact that the club are taking steps to finalise his fate at the end of the season.
Watzke further confirmed that Dortmund are set to have a discussion with Bellingham’s environment soon after the World Cup.
“I think as soon as the World Cup is over, we will have a general discussion about what he really wants,” Watzke said. “We will speak with him and his parents, with whom we have a very close relationship, and, of course, with his advisor.”
Bellingham made headlines after his selection to the England national side for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. At the age of just 19, he is expected to play a vital role for Gareth Southgate’s troops, as the nation looks to lift its first World Cup since 1966.
Watzke, though, indicated that Borussia Dortmund are prepared for his exit and will not stand in the player’s way if he wants to move on.
“He should tell us whether he wants to stay or whether he wants to leave. In both cases, we will have a very pleasant and reasonable discussion between us.”
He further added that Dortmund are not in a position to financially compete with other giants in Europe, stating, “But we don’t have to pretend that the issue is not on the table. If the really big clubs are involved, then we can’t afford to have a financial fight.”
However, Dortmund are certainly expected to make life difficult for Real Madrid and other suitors in their pursuit of Bellingham, who is valued at around €100 million right now. The figure could increase drastically depending on the youngster’s performances in the World Cup.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.