Real Madrid new boy Jude Bellingham has taken La Liga by storm. He has only featured twice for the team in official competitions, but already has three goals and an assist to his name in that duration.
The 20-year-old’s impact has left the Los Blancos’ dressing room shocked while he has been garnering praise from all corners for the way he has performed.
While people in Madrid are delighted with Bellingham, reports in Germany last week suggested that the Borussia Dortmund dressing room was also glad that the Englishman had departed as they were allegedly growing tired of his behaviour.
Kroos very happy with Bellingham
Real Madrid’s German superstar, Toni Kroos spoke earlier this week about the reports circulating about Bellingham on his podcast ‘Einfach mal Luppen’ and said:
“I can only give you our perspective. And I can say that we are quite happy that he is here. Should that also be the case in Dortmund: all the better. If not, at least they got good money now.”
The midfield legend then went on to add a comment on Bellingham’s level in pre-season and how the youngster was showing his high quality from day one.
“It was clear in the pre-season where he did really well. He has integrated surprisingly well in such a short time.”
Talking about Bellingham’s mentality and quality, Kroos added: “I have a very good feeling about him because I think he’s incredibly mature for his age – not just mentally, that he’s already very far, but also with the way he plays football.
“He’s very, very far, doesn’t do hara-kiri things, is always clear in his actions, works, tries to play to his strengths to the full.”
Finally, Kroos gave his two cents on how the youngster would fare for the Merengues in the long term. He based his answer around Bellingham’s strong start to life in Spain, saying:
“A lot of other people at that age still make a lot of hara-kiri, a lot of technical and tactical mistakes. You don’t see that much with him.
“So far I have to say that he is already an absolute asset to our game. The fact that a 20-year-old enriches us right from the start is a good sign.”
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”