Jude Bellingham to join Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund

England’s star midfielder Jude Bellingham is set to join Spanish giant Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund on a multi-year deal.

Published : Jun 07, 2023 20:01 IST , Chennai - 2 MINS READ

File image of Jude Bellingham.
File image of Jude Bellingham. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

File image of Jude Bellingham. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Real Madrid has agreed to a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign star midfielder Jude Bellingham on a multi-year deal, the Bundesliga club confirmed on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old is speculated to have medical in the coming days and will join the Spanish giant’s squad for a record fee, that is valued over 100 million euros.

“With realisation of this transfer, Real Madrid will pay BVB a fixed transfer compensation in the amount of 103 million euros,” Dortmund said in a statement.

The English midfielder has scored 24 goals and has provided 25 assists in 132 appearances for the German club across competitions. He was also instrumental in Dortmund’s exploits last season, scoring eight while assisting five times and was adjudged Bundesliga player of the season.

But his side had to settle for a heartbreaking second place finish. Dortmund stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Mainz 05 in the final matchweek of the league to hand the title to rival Bayern Munich, which secured a thrilling 2-1 win at Cologne, courtesy of a last minute goal from Jamal Musiala.

“In addition, the payment of variable transfer fees up to a maximum total amount of around 30% of the amount of the fixed transfer fee has been agreed,” the German club said.

“Such variable transfer fees are dependent on the achievement of certain sporting successes by Real Madrid and/or sporting successes or performances of the player at Real Madrid in the period of the next six seasons.”

Bellingham was linked with Premier League clubs who wanted to bring him back to England, including Liverpool whose manager Juergen Klopp said in April that it was forced to pull out of the race to sign him due to his price tag.

At Real Madrid, he will join a side rich in young midfield talent in Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni as the club look to build for the future and replace long-time stalwarts Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Real, the record 14-times European champion, is in the process of rebuilding its squad following high-profile exits such as Karim Benzema, who made a big-money move to Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz.

Making his debut for England at just 17, Bellingham played a starring role in the Three Lions’ 2022 World Cup campaign.

Bellingham started each of England’s five matches in Qatar, scoring once and assisting another as his side made it through to the quarter finals, where they lost against eventual runners up France.

(with inputs from Reuters)

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