‘Plays with an experience that goes beyond his years’ – Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer send Jude Bellingham message to Manchester City


Borussia Dortmund’s chances of keeping Jude Bellingham seem to diminish the closer 2023 gets with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid all holding serious interest in the teenager.

Alongside his domestic performances, Bellingham has also impressed at the World Cup with England where he scored a delightful header in the 6-2 win over Iran.

The 19-year-old continued to impress potential suitors during England’s 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday evening. He started in midfield again alongside Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson, but it was the 19-year-old providing the attacking energy and link-up play that glued midfield and attack together.

His standout moment came in the first-half as he flicked the ball to Henderson before spinning Joe Allen and driving into the box to receive the return ball – his pass found Foden whose shot flew over.

Speaking after the final whistle, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand lauded the teenager for another decisive and experienced performance.

“He was fabulous in spells, just the cameos he put together,” Ferdinand told BBC‘s post-match coverage.

“The skills that he has, his presence on the pitch at 19-years-old, spinning and pirouetting, it was beautiful. At times he plays with an experience that goes beyond his years. He’s somebody who right now, other players are looking at to do things and to produce moments in the game.

“He’s somebody who can play through different levels of the pitch, he’s equally comfortable receiving the ball from the back four as he is marauding through the middle and being in the No.10 spot. I don’t know quite yet what he’s going to be, is he going to be a Steven Gerrard type, a Lampard type or a defensive midfielder?”

Alan Shearer was also present, adding: “He’s got some engine on him. His energy is incredible from the first minute to the last one, trying to get up there and still trying to drive England forward.”

Chelsea and Liverpool have held a long-term interest in Bellingham and Manchester City and Arsenal have recently joined their Premier League rivals in the hunt for the 19-year-olds signature.

Moving to the Premier League seems most likely for Bellingham, especially as he is a graduate of the Birmingham academy. 

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