The future of Jude Bellingham is set to dominate the headlines for the coming months as top clubs from across Europe go to war for his signing in the summer of 2023.
The 19-year-old is one of the hottest commodities in the transfer market heading into 2023. Among the clubs interested, Real Madrid and Liverpool have shown the greatest intent to land the midfield prodigy.
Los Blancos are reported to have been working on a deal for over a year now, having held initial talks with Bellingham’s camp as well as Borussia Dortmund. And it has been suggested that the teenager wants to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, according to a latest report from Cadena SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Bellingham would prefer to join Liverpool over Real Madrid, as he is keen on returning to England.
The midfielder left his homeland as a 17-year-old only, when he joined Dortmund from Birmingham City. At the time, he was courting interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but decided to move to Germany.
But, it is now being claimed that the teenage prodigy wishes to return to England and compete in the Premier League, which is widely regarded as the best league competition in Europe.
If true, it will come as a major blow for Real Madrid, who have been putting in a lot of effort to try and secure the signing of Bellingham so far.
With Toni Kroos yet to renew, there have been talks of a possible retirement for the German superstar. Luka Modric is also in the final year of his contract at the club. Even though he will likely be handed an extension, the Croatian will be 38 years old next season.
So, adding Bellingham, to the already existing youthful midfield contingent of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni is seen as a top priority by Real Madrid.
But, with the 19-year-old seemingly preferring a move to Liverpool, the Spanish champions will have their task cut out to convince him to join them.
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.