Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland described teammate Jude Bellingham as ‘amazing’ after the England midfielder put Besiktas to the sword in the Champions League.
The 18-year-old scored Dortmund’s first goal in the 2-1 win in Istanbul, before then laying on the second for Haaland. The impressive teenager was later named player of the match by UEFA.
Bellingham, who only turned 18 in June, is now the youngest player ever to score in a Champions League away match. He is also the youngest player to score in successive Champions League appearances after netting in last season’s quarter-final defeat to Manchester City.
Already, the ex-Birmingham prodigy is fast developing into one of the best midfielders in Europe.
“He was amazing,” Haaland said in a post-match pitch-side interview.
“He’s 18 – three years younger than me – it’s crazy! What can I say? He’s amazing. He is 18-years-old and plays so incredibly well. He is fantastic.”
Bellingham was coveted by Manchester United during his breakout year at Birmingham in 2019/20 – remarkably, he didn’t turn 17 until after that season had finished.
Despite the player choosing Dortmund, United have remained interest and have been in regular contact with the Bundesliga to cement their interest. It has been a similar story with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
But while Haaland will likely to be on the move at the end of the season when his €75m release clause comes into effect, Dortmund do not expect to also be selling Bellingham next summer.
Bellingham is now under contract at Dortmund until 2025, with a new clause agreed on his 18th birthday that extended his previous deal and doubled his wages to the equivalent of around £100,000 per week.
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