By Daniel Feliciano

14th Sep, 2022 | 11:27am

Florian Plettenberg 'totally convinced' Jude Bellingham will leave Dortmund in 2023, Manchester United tipped to sign him

Journaist Florian Plettenberg is “totally convinced” that Jude Bellingham will leave Borussia Dortmund in 2023, with Liverpool and Manchester United linked.

The England international has been a first-team regular at the Bundesliga giants since he signed as a 17-year-old from Birmingham, signing a contract until 2025 at the time.

But as his profile grows and his performances continue to be in line at the top level, it’s now expected that he will leave next summer as he enters the final two years of his deal and Plettenberg told Sky Sports that he feels the Premier League clubs have the best chance of getting him.

“He’s an up and coming superstar player and I’m totally convinced that he will leave Dortmund in 2023,” he said.

“Maybe to Liverpool. Maybe to Manchester United. I think these are two teams who can have very good chances to get him.

“Amazing player, amazing character and very good mentality.”

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Rat race

There is going to be a huge race for the signature of Bellingham next summer and the top teams in world football are almost certain to battle it out for him.

Manchester United and Liverpool have been known to have a long-term interest in Bellingham and he would immediately strengthen both sides tremendously.

A transfer is likely to cost in the region of nine-figures, with no release clause in his contract and the market price for a player of this talent level to an English club suggesting it will be a record fee for someone.

However the player has shown no open desire to move and knows that he is still young and capable of growing and developing further if he were to stay put.

With that said, Dortmund’s model is always to buy young and cheap, and sell for maximum value and that window will approach next summer with his contract situation. It’s certainly one to keep an eye on.

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