Real Madrid have officially sealed the signing of the highly sought-after English midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, completing a record-breaking transfer for the 19 year-old.
The move was made official on Wednesday after a deal worth €103 million had been agreed between the two clubs earlier this month. Bellingham will face the media at his official presentation on Thursday and has penned a six-year contract with Los Blancos.
After three years in Germany with Dortmund, Bellingham took to social media to thank all associated with the former club, expressing his love and admiration for everyone involved: “Thank you to everyone at BVB and to the fans for everything over the past three years. It’s been an honor to wear your jersey so many times, in big and small moments”.
Bellingham is regarded as one of England’s brightest prospects and has become Real Madrid’s second most expensive signing of all time behind Eden Hazard, which underlines just how highly rated he is. He first caught Real Madrid’s eye while playing for Birmingham City back in 2019, before joining Dortmund and becoming their youngest ever foreign debutant when he made his first appearance against FC Augsburg aged just 17 years and 77 days old. His consistent performances at such a young age earned him international recognition, making five appearances for England as well as being named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s European Championships.
The transfer brings an end to nearly 18 months of speculation over where Bellingham would end up after he turned down offers from Manchester United and Bayern Munich in favour of linking up with Zinedine Zidane at Los Blancos. His potential for growth is huge and he could be seen donning the famous white shirt of Real Madrid for many years to come – including wearing their iconic jersey during the 2023/24 season that they plan to launch soon. If you are interested in Real Madrid jerseys 2023/24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here.
Though Real Madrid are still yet to fully recover after a trophyless season last term that saw them finish seven points behind Champions League winners Atletico Madrid; there is no doubt that Bellingham provides Los Blancos with another level of quality going forward that will only benefit them as they look to compete domestically again next year alongside Europe’s elite clubs.