Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of Jude Bellingham’s talents
Gary Neville believes Jude Bellingham might be better off remaining at Borussia Dortmund instead of leaving the club in the summer.
The 19-year-old has been with Dortmund since 2020 and remains under contract until 2025. However, as reported by the ECHO back in July, Bellingham is someone who is widely admired among the people who matter where recruitment is concerned at Liverpool.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have also reportedly shown an interest in the midfielder. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted on German TV earlier this month that his club cannot offer Bellingham the same terms as the biggest European sides might.
As a result, it is likely the England international will be sold next summer if he tells them he wants to leave during talks with the club after the World Cup. He said: “We will hold talks now, as soon as [the World Cup in] Qatar is over, and then we’ll have a fundamental talk about what he would like.
“He just needs to tell us if he’d like to stay or if he’d like to go. In both cases we’ll talk about it very pleasantly and reasonably together.
“In general we can imagine that he’d stay with us, but we can’t behave as if this topic wasn’t on the table. If he says ‘I’d like to do something else,’ then the really big [clubs] in Europe will be there and we can’t afford to fight financially.”
Bellingham stole the show as England kicked-off their World Campaign with a 6-2 win over Iran on Monday afternoon. Arsenal star Bukayo Saka scored twice as the Three Lions strolled to victory at the Khalifa International Stadium.
But when asked about the speculation around Bellingham, Neville claimed the youngster may opt to remain at Signal Iduna Park having seen how Jadon Sancho has fared at Manchester United since he left Dortmund.
He said: “What do you think about him staying over there for a bit longer and developing a bit more?
“He has been unbelievable. Do you think he would look at Haaland, he has been a sensation since he has come, but Sancho has been a really difficult one. Will he be looking at both situations and thinking: ‘What is best for me?'”