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Jude Bellingham reacts to latest Man Utd and Liverpool transfer links | Football

Jude Bellingham has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world (Image: Sky Sports)

Jude Bellingham insists he is more than happy at Borussia Dortmund and says even contemplating a move to Manchester United or Liverpool would be “disrespectful” of his current club.

The 19-year-old has developed into one of Europe’s best midfielders and a regular in England since joining Dortmund in 2020.

A number of clubs considered signing Bellingham while he was at Birmingham City at the Championship and clubs like Man United and Liverpool remain interested in a deal even though his value has skyrocketed.

It was reported on Tuesday that United and Liverpool have a “very good chance” of signing Bellingham next summer, but the player says it would be “crazy” to seriously consider the transfer rumours.

Ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night, Bellingham said: “The club [Dortmund] have done a lot for me and made me feel very welcome since my arrival and gave me the opportunity to develop even further.

“To look beyond that and into the future would be disrespectful.”

When asked if returning to England is a long-term goal of his, Bellingham added: “To be honest, I don’t think about it.

The 19-year-old is already one of the best midfielders in Europe

The 19-year-old is already one of Europe’s best midfielders (Picture: Getty)

“It’s a massive game against Man City. To even think of such a thing would be crazy.”

After Bellingham continued to impress in the Champions League last week, Owen Hargreaves and Rio Ferdinand urged Manchester United to break the bank to secure the teenager’s signature.

“He can go where he wants,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “You see the young French now, they went to Real Madrid, that’s where everyone wants to go – Real Madrid or Barcelona because everyone wants to play attacking football.

“He has to make a decision. I think he could carry that burden to turn a club like Manchester United around and bring them back to the top.

“I think the young man – he’s not a defensive midfielder or a No 10, he’s just between a No 8. He’s smart, his pass weight is good.

“His greatest quality is his mentality, he loves football, he cares, he has big shoulders, he’s the perfect midfielder.”

Ferdinand added: “It’s the piece between the ears that separates the real tips from the tips.

“They all have skills, different skills, but with that mentality and that mindset, that ability to stay calm under pressure, to be cool, to be calm in those pressures, he seems to already have it.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a well-known admirer of Bellingham

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a well-known admirer of Bellingham (Image: Getty)

But Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is hopeful his former club will win the race to sign Bellingham, telling Sky Sports: “Well I think the one everybody’s talking about is Jude Bellingham and I don’t think that it’s just his ability.

“I think it’s his age and the fact that if you were to get him and spend a lot of money on him, hopefully he would be at your club for a long time.

“It’s not just Liverpool I’m sure Man City Man United are looking at him all the other top clubs if you buy him think we could have a player for the next 10 or 12 years I think that is the thinking.

“His ability is really good and it’s almost the potential of what he could become, could he become like Kevin de Bruyne is now basically – which is for me – the best player in the Premier League, you see him in this one Midfield position and you just think “wow”.

“Maybe Man City think he could replace De Bruyne, or Liverpool could bring him in and he can add something or revolutionize Man United’s midfield.

“I think he’s the one who stands out from everyone. I think there will be an auction next summer and I hope Liverpool win, fingers crossed.”

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