US journalist Dean Jones has claimed Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham will sign for Real Madrid, snubbing Premier League giants Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have long been linked with a move for the England international. For a long time, it was believed that the Reds would be the ones to take Bellingham. However, thanks to their tumultuous start to the 2022-23 season, they would have lost ground in the race for midfield services.
European champions Real Madrid have also been keeping tabs on Bellingham (via MARCA), and according to Jones, Los Blancos are close to getting their man. Speaking on the ‘Ranks FC’ podcast, Jones claimed that Bellingham is on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu, not Anfield (via HITC):
“I’m pretty sure Jude Bellingham is going to end up at Real Madrid, so I don’t think he’s going to Liverpool anyway.”
Jude Bellingham has been in fine form for the German side in the 2022-23 season, scoring eight goals and claiming two assists in 18 goals in all competitions. The former Birmingham City man’s contract expires in June 2025.
Liverpool and Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham opens up on future
Bellingham, 19, has received praise for his performances at Dortmund, with many clubs keen to move him away from Signal Iduna Park. Amid rumors over his future, Bellingham said he is solely focused on his Dortmund career, taking it game by game.
Moreover, the Liverpool and Real Madrid-linked midfielder added that he was not even thinking about the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Speaking after Dortmund’s goalless draw against Manchester City on Tuesday night ( October 25), Bellingham said (via Metro):
“In all honesty, I don’t think of anything like that [the transfer rumors]. You [the media] will be mad at me because you won’t get big headlines, but I’m just focused on the next games with Borussia Dortmund.
“I don’t even think about the World Cup. I’m trying to win games with Borussia Dortmund and then we’ll see what happens.
Since joining Dortmund in July 2020, Bellingham has played 108 games for the club in all competitions, registering 18 goals and 20 assists.