A 19-year-old Jude Bellingham was the captain for Borussia Dortmund when they face Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League this midweek. The youngster orchestrated the game with a goal and an assist as Dortmund bagged a 4-1 victory.
The performance was a testament to Bellingham’s leadership quality, along with the charm and technical prowess he offers to the table. His performances have not gone unnoticed either, with Real Madrid among the list of top clubs interested in his services.
In light of his performance against Sevilla, Telegraph has dropped an update on his future suggesting Real Madrid are prepared to launch an offensive, in an attempt to sign the midfielder in the summer of 2023.
The report states the reigning Spanish champions are hoping to make an appeal to Bellingham, giving him the “once in a lifetime opportunity” to join the club.
Real Madrid have already identified the young Englishman as the priority target in 2023. They are looking to make him their next “Young Galactico”. They further seek to reach an understanding with the player before his value goes up further in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Los Blancos do have a packed midfield at the moment, especially after the summer arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni. However, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos currently in the final phase of their respective careers, they are in desperate need of reinforcements.
Bellingham could be an ideal option, given his technical and leadership qualities that could go a long way in helping the club replace Modric.
However, luring Bellingham away from Dortmund will not be a walk in the park. Although Real Madrid only forecast a value of around €100 million, the midfielder’s value could be much higher. Not to mention, the European champs are set to face stiff competition, with Liverpool and Manchester City also tracking his situation at Signal Iduna Park.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.