Jude Bellingham was one of England’s finest performers during the FIFA World Cup. Despite the Three Lions’ elimination, the young midfielder made a solid impression with his dazzling performances in the middle of the park.
While Bellingham was already a talked-about prospect in the European market, his eye-catching displays and mature performances have put a myriad of top clubs on red alert, including Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants reportedly consider Bellingham to be the top target in the summer of 2023. This is because the Whites are determined to sign a new midfielder, in light of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos’ uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu.
Both midfielders are at the final stage of their respective careers and have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. Although talks are going on over a contract extension, Real Madrid must find a long-term replacement sooner rather than later. That is where Bellingham comes into the fray.
However, according to a report from Mirror (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid are lagging behind Liverpool in the race to sign Jude Bellingham next summer.
The report suggests that the Premier League giants are ahead in the race because they are willing to pay more than Real Madrid. In fact, the Reds are willing to cough up €115 million for the midfielder. They may even meet Borussia Dortmund’s €150 million asking price.
Liverpool’s desire to splash the cash for Bellingham is hardly surprising as the young midfielder is highly rated by Jurgen Klopp and is one of German’s top targets. After all, the Dortmund starlet has every quality to become the long-term successor of Jordan Henderson.
That being said, the race is far from over and with Liverpool running the risk of missing out on Champions League next season, Real Madrid may still have an excellent opportunity to lure the Englishman to the Bernabeu.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.