Jude Bellingham has been officially presented as a Real Madrid player. He joins for a fixed fee of €103 million, with add-ons going up to €130 million. He has taken the number 5, after his idol Zinedine Zidane, as he took Jesus Vallejo off his registered number.
While he was presented, President Florentino Perez congratulated him for achieving his dream, and praised his capacity for overcoming adversity during his welcome speech. He finished that speech in English with the words ‘Thank you for coming, and welcome home’.
Bellingham started off his speech by welcoming the audience in Spanish, ‘Hello to everyone, hello to the Madridistas’, before continuing on in English. He called it the most important day of his life.
Bellingham is Real Madrid’s second-most expensive signing ever at €103m, and could become their most expensive depending on what variables are fulfilled – only Eden Hazard’s €115m move sits above him.