Jude Bellingham has dominated the headlines in the European market in recent weeks, especially with clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City showing keen interest in securing his services at the end of the season.
Amid worries over his long-term future at Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga giants have called the player and his entourage for a meeting, reports Diario AS.
Naturally, the Dortmund representative, led by CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Sebastian Kehl, will hold talks over the future of Bellingham in his own camp involving, his father Mark Bellingham.
Mark and the Dortmund board share an excellent relationship, which was key to the youngster’s move to the city in 2019. But after three years of tremendous success, even BVB are ‘95%’ certain that the player leave the club at the end of the season.
Borussia Dortmund have even set a ̉€100 million price tag for Bellingham, along with €40 million add-ons. The German giants were hoping to renew the contract of the young Englishman earlier in the season and put in a €150 million release clause, but they failed to reach an agreement.
Right now, Bellingham has no release clause embedded in his contract. Dortmund’s strategy is to squeeze around €140 million out of this deal. They are expected to allow the youngster to decide his fate.
The report further suggests that Real Madrid are the club best placed to sign the Englishman. This is because the player himself has shown the desire to play for the Merengues. He prefers a move to Santiago Bernabeu over a switch to the Premier League.
Real Madrid, though, are yet to kickstart negotiations with Dortmund over the former Birmingham starlet. One would expect the process to begin only after BVB’s summit with Bellingham in the coming days, when both parties may reach a definitive agreement over the player’s future.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.