Dortmund signs Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City
Borussia Dortmund has confirmed the signing of Jude Bellingham from England championship side Birmingham City at a reported fee of £25m making him the most expensive 17-year-old player in the football history.
The England U-17 player has been in transfer speculation over the months with news linking him to Manchester United reported that club had tabled an offer for the midfielder.
It was later revealed that Dortmund also had an offer for the young player. Bellingham chose the German club over Manchester United in what is believed to be because of playing time.
Bellingham completed his medical on Thursday after he was persuaded to choose Dortmund over the England giant (Manchester United). It was disclosed that the transfer fee is £25m with add-ons regarding his appearances and achievements.
Jude Bellingham in action for Birmingham City
After transfer speculation linking the young player to Manchester United, he was later understood to be connected with top europian clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
After a long pursuit from Manchester United to gain his signature, Bellingham opted to move to Germany as he believed he could develop to a more utility player there with the project the club has.
Talking in an interview Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said: "Jude Bellingham confidently chose BVB and, of course, was primarily concerned with the sporting perspective that we showed him.
"He has enormous potential that we want to develop with him in the coming years. He already has a surprising amount of quality in his possession as well as against the ball, and on top of that, the player also has a strong mentality.
"We immediately see Jude as a reinforcement for our professional squad, but of course, we will also give him the time to get used to the higher level."
Bellingham will have to wait to finish England championship season wth Birmingham before joining Dortmund in the coming pre-season tower.
In an interview after signing with Dortmund, he said: "I can't thank Birmingham enough for what they have done for me, not just this past year but since the age of seven.
"Of course, I wish everyone associated with the club nothing but the best. Once a blue, always a blue.
"However, I'm incredibly excited to have joined one of Europe's biggest clubs. The direction they are heading in and how much they help to improve young players made it an easy decision for myself and my family.
"I can't wait to perform in front of all the fans when they are back inside one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world."
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