The Borussia Dortmund star started in a three-man midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice, producing his trademark energetic and lively performance. The 19-year-old is continuing to make remarkable improvement, and it’s no surprise that clubs are lining up left, right, and center to want to sign him.
Although Manchester United admits that they are not at the top of the queue for Bellingham, they have not ruled out the possibility of a new deal for him this summer, as reported by the Manchester Evening News in December. United wanted to sign the midfielder in 2020, and he paid a visit to the club’s Carrington training facility just a few months before signing with Dortmund.
Bellingham has succeeded since joining the German heavyweights in July 2020, making 124 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals, and grabbing 24 assists. He has also worn the captain’s armband multiple times and has represented England in both a World Cup and a European Championship.
He is the crown jewel of Dortmund, therefore it is no wonder that clubs from all over Europe want to sign him this summer. Despite his young age, the former Birmingham City man, who has scored 10 goals for Dortmund this season, is putting in performances that any seasoned pro would be proud of.
His all-action, high-energy style of play makes him a delight to watch. United manager Erik ten Hag, who is looking for a new midfielder this summer, is a huge fan, so much so that he is said to have told confidants that if he could sign any player in the world, it would be Bellingham.
United, who also want to add a striker this summer, need to reduce the average age of their midfield choices ahead of next season, and Ten Hag hopes to do that by bringing in a more dynamic player. Bellingham perfectly fits both of those criteria, but United understands that luring him to Old Trafford will be a difficult task given the intensity of interest elsewhere.
Yet, Bellingham, who has been rather quiet about his future in recent months, has highlighted exactly why he would be ideal for United, which has been fairly evident for a while based on his on-field performances.
“I think there’s so much I’ve got to learn,” Bellingham told Channel 4 after England’s victory over Ukraine. “The way I want to be as a midfielder is someone who can win the game at both ends of the ground.”
“In the middle, as a six, as an eight, making runs into the box, and as a No.10, to dominate the ball.” Creating opportunities as well.
“I’ve always wanted to be someone who can do a little bit of everything, and I think I still have a lot to learn from the men in that [England] changing room and the ones at Dortmund.”
“To be honest, I’m like a sponge right now. “I just want to soak up everything I can about the game whenever I get the chance.”
Taking Bellingham’s comments about wanting to dominate the midfield in every department into consideration, it is further proof that he is exactly the type of midfielder that Ten Hag is looking for; the youngster is a generational talent, and you can’t help but be unable to take your gaze away from him when he’s on the field.
Ten Hag, too, emphasizes the importance of his squad being filled with players who have the correct mentality, and Bellingham’s desire to succeed, win games, and learn from others are more strings to his already well-stocked bow.
United understands that winning the race for his signature will be difficult, but if they do, potentially with the help of new investment via a takeover, they will be bringing in a player who is ideal for both the club and Ten Hag’s demands.