With every passing day, the spotlight on Jude Bellingham gets brighter. In England’s dramatic 3-3 draw to Germany earlier this week, the Borussia Dortmund player was at the peak of his powers and was even named the man of the match.
Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney recently penned a column for The Sun, where he shared his thoughts about Bellingham’s unique style of football and future. Interestingly, he pushed the youngster to turn down approaches from Liverpool and sign for Real Madrid instead.
“I just have a feeling that Spanish football will suit him. If Real Madrid come in, I can’t see Jude turning that down.”
In that same article, the English footballer went on to say that he sees Bellingham as a future captain of the English National Team.
“I already think he is a superstar. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the face of the FIFA game next year and I think he will be England captain in three to four years’ time.”
In eight Bundesliga appearances so far this season, the youngster averages 2.5 shots and over 15 defensive actions per game. Moreover, he also has an assist to his name.
Real Madrid are expected to go all out for his signature in the upcoming transfer windows as they see him as an ideal Luka Modric replacement. However, the operation could involve a transfer fee well north of €100 million.
His current deal with the Germans runs until the summer of 2025 and Dortmund will not make it easy for any club to sign him. And with competition from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, the chase will be anything but straightforward.
That said, it remains to be seen as to how far Los Blancos are willing to go for his services.
Real Madrid manager facing some selection dilemmas ahead of Granada clash
The recent successes of Real Madrid in La Liga as well as the Champions League pay a testament to the club’s high level of quality this season; but manage to look even more impressive considering Carlo Ancelotti has been shorthanded with an influx of injuries.
Despite crucial absences, the Merengues have not let injury-related setbacks hamper their ambitions for the season.
Still, it is clear Real Madrid are walking on a tightrope with such a thin squad amid all these injuries, and thus minimizing the risk of any more unexpected misfortunes will be key.
Ancelotti faces a dilemma
Now, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Italian coach is facing a predicament: he can either utilize his starters in the next game or chart a pragmatic course and rest them to prevent any physical problems.
Ancelotti is tossing up whether to rest some players or keep “squeezing” them in because they do not have a midweek game the following week due to cup commitments.
The players in question are Antonio Rudiger, Federico Valverde, and Rodrygo. They have all been crucial to Ancleotti’s team this season.
But they have also played a significant number of minutes over the past month due to their respective teams’ needs.
The likes of Valverde and Rodrygo currently maintain an indispensable role in the team, especially following their recent performances.
After Luka Modric’s injury, who is doubtful to play Granada, Valverde’s presence will be all the more vital.
Furthermore, Rodrygo has played exceptionally well in his last two encounters, despite worries about his knee injury.
As such, his demotion to the bench would not be a wise move in his current form, especially with Jude Bellingham’s involvement also in doubt.
Time will tell how Ancelotti approaches the next few games. With the threat of injuries always looming large, he will potentially be compelled to make some sacrifices to the XI.