According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, the Real Madrid administration is very impressed with Jude Bellingham’s maturity. They are amazed at how the new signing is adapting with not just his teammates but also the club’s coaches and staff.
The former Borussia Dortmund star is always trying to learn and improve and asks Ancelotti repeated questions regarding the same. His positive attitude in training coupled with his strong debut performance on the field are early indicators that Real Madrid have signed a gem.
Bellingham’s quality has never been in question, but Los Blancos have seen in recent years that potential without desire often proves futile.
The youngster made his debut for the club against AC Milan on Sunday and started the game at Rose Bowl stadium. In 64 minutes on the field, the teenager provided two key passes, completed 75% of his long balls, and 87% of passes attempted.
Further, Bellingham completed a staggering four dribbles out of five attempted and provided the team with six defensive actions against the Serie A side.
Speaking to the press after the game, Carlo Ancelotti did not hold back in praising the debutant. In fact, he even urged the team to adapt quickly to his playing style.
“Bellingham played very well and the team has to get used to his quality, which is unbelievable. His arrival into the box is hugely important for the team. He’s a fantastic player and brings real pace and intensity to the game.”
With Arda Guler competing for a spot in the same niche as Bellingham, it remains to be seen how the healthy rivalry between the two new signings develops.
As for the 20-year-old Englishman, it appears that he is already settling in very well at the club, forming a close bond with his new teammates and making a big impression on the staff and the management. Positive signs as far as Real Madrid are concerned.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham