Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City know about the quality of Jude Bellingham
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has labelled Jude Bellingham as “something special” ahead of their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.
The England international has scored in all four of the club’s Champions League games this season, including the game against Man City earlier in the tournament and is set to start again when the teams meet on Tuesday night.
And when asked about the former Birmingham City ace during the pre-match press conference, Guardiola could do nothing but sing his praises [24 October].
“Borussia Dortmund is the perfect place for young talent to come,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“Maybe if he went to a top Premier League club, he wouldn’t have got the minutes. The best thing for young players is to play minutes.
“It’s not just about the quality, it’s about how he was leading and kicking and going to the referee, this guy is something special and has the mentality. He already is one of the captains [at Dortmund], the whole package is really good.
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“He’s already in the national team for England at 19-years-old, we know the quality he has. We will try to impose our game and win the game.”
Bellingham is already known as one of the very best and most complete young talents in world football, so it’s no surprise that Manchester City know all about him.
They have developed a reputation now for being a club where the best players want to play, and Guardiola is known for developing young talents into world superstars.
Bellingham is likely to be a regular starter for England during the World Cup this winter, after going to Euro 2020 as a 17 year old but not featuring much.
Now he is leading Dortmund in Germany as one of the captains, and is being linked with a mega-money move away from the club for next summer with a host of the world’s top clubs interested in his signature.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Man City and Real Madrid are said to be seriously considering a move, with Dortmund wanting around £150m to let him leave.
In other Manchester City news, Erling Haaland could become the first £1bn player according to his agent