"I can't believe he's 17! Maybe he's lying," Guardiola joked after the game with Dortmund in the Champions League. "Fantastic player, really. At one point when the central defenders didn't give him the ball to start the action, I heard him shout at them.
He was shouting and looking for the ball at his feet at the age of 17. That means a lot, it's a big deal." Borussia interim coach Edin Terzic added: "Every day at training, I see what this guy is capable of. The only thing I don't know about him is the limits of his abilities."
Jude Bellingham (17) managed to overshadow the biggest stars of his team after the duel with Manchester City - Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, but the statement by which Guardiola gave him recognition came as the icing on the cake.
Aside from the goal with which the young Englishman awakened the fans' hope that the Millionaires could reach a small miracle and eliminate City. It is about maturity in the game that Bellingham has. For two or three years now, football Europe has known about the extraordinary talent of Jude Bellingham, but Pep's statement seemed to be a sign of the beginning of the madness for the 17-year-old midfielder.
And so, after less than a year at Westphalen in Dortmund, they can be sure that they "stabbed" again with the signing from England. Recall, this guy arrived from Birmingham for 23,000,000 euros - there was talk at the time about the big risk of Borussia - and Bild in today's publication talks about the serious interest of Chelsea and unofficial information about how the management of the German club Bellingham values 115,000,000 euros ?!
Most expensive teenager
The chances for this job to be realized are small, underlines the German tabloid, primarily because Borussia could not afford to be left without two or three starters in the same transfer period (there has been talking and writing for months about the possibility of Sancho and Haaland leaving), but if that happened in some madness, Jude Bellingham would become by far the most expensive U18 player in the history of football.
Vinicius and Rodrygo, let us remind you, Real Madrid was paid 45,000,000 euros each. Speaking of teenagers, only Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, and Joao Felix would be more expensive than Bellingham. Chelsea has been spending relentlessly over the past months.
Almost 250,000,000 euros went to Havertz, Werner, Chilwell, Ziyech, and Mendy. It is obvious that Roman Abramovich is holding the bag again, so that should be kept in mind when talking about the probability of a possible transfer.
While Frank Lampard was on the bench, the Blues targeted Declan Rice from West Ham for the same position - central midfielder, defensive midfielder, but the situation seems to have changed with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.
One thing is for sure - Chelsea is looking for a player of that type. It will be interesting to see what the attitude of the Dortmund management will be regarding the issue of Bellingham's transfer if Edin Terzić fails to secure the Champions League for next season.