Jude Bellingham Bids Farewell to Borussia Dortmund

Jude Bellingham Bids Farewell to Borussia Dortmund
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Jude Bellingham, the England midfielder, has officially become a Real Madrid player. The 19-year-old penned a heartfelt farewell to Borussia Dortmund and its supporters, expressing his gratitude for the opportunities and experiences he had at the club. Bellingham’s transfer to Real Madrid has been formalised with a six-year contract, marking a significant milestone in his career.

Record-Breaking Transfer

The transfer fee for Bellingham is reported to be €103 million (£88m/$112m), making him the third-most expensive teenager in football history, following Joao Felix and Kylian Mbappe. With add-ons, Bellingham could potentially overtake Felix and become the second-most expensive teenager. Furthermore, he has become the second most expensive English player of all time, with the possibility of his fee surpassing the £100 million paid by Manchester City for Jack Grealish.

A New Era for Real Madrid

Bellingham’s arrival at Real Madrid comes at a time when the club is undergoing significant changes. With the departures of heavyweights such as Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, and Marco Asensio, and the impending retirement of veterans Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, Real Madrid is investing in young talents. Bellingham joins the youthful midfield contingent of Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni, marking a new era for the club.

Bellingham’s Heartfelt Farewell

In his farewell message, Bellingham wrote, “I cannot thank this club enough for everything it’s done for me. The opportunities, the experiences, the highs and even the lows. All of it has been part of what has been a great development both as a human and a player.” He expressed his honour in representing Borussia Dortmund and thanked all the players, managers, bosses, and staff members who played a role in his time at the club.

What’s Next for Bellingham?

Bellingham is currently rehabilitating from a knee injury and will miss England’s upcoming friendlies. However, he is expected to be ready to join Real Madrid for the next season, adding to the excitement and anticipation for the club’s fans.