Just months after asserting that Manchester United lacked the pulling ability to entice big stars to Old Trafford, Rio Ferdinand has encouraged the club to take whatever action is necessary to sign Jude Bellingham.
Rio Ferdinand, a former defender for Manchester United, has urged the team to contend with Liverpool and Real Madrid for the services of England prospect Jude Bellingham.
Bellingham, 19, was already one of Europe’s most sought-after athletes, but his worth has reached new heights following his brilliant displays for England at the World Cup.
Since joining Borussia Dortmund in 2020, the midfield prodigy has achieved new heights and is anticipated to leave the Bundesliga team the following summer.
Numerous top European clubs are said to be interested in the Birmingham City Academy graduate.
Bellingham is reportedly being chased by teams like Real Madrid and Liverpool, but Ferdinand still believes that United will land the highly sought-after playmaker.
Ferdinand remarked, “At the World Cup, Jude Bellingham has become a phenomenon. He has now declared himself to be a player in this situation.
He has made tremendous progress and still has room for improvement, but he positively affected games while wearing an England jersey in a way that no other kid has ever done for England.
Come hither, Manchester United, bring him. Jude, make that your home. You come here to assist in elevating the club’s culture and bringing it up to its proper standards.”
If Bellingham does decide to leave Dortmund, it is unclear whether United would be a strong candidate to sign him.
In the competition to sign the teen, who also has admirers at Liverpool and Manchester City, it was revealed on Tuesday that Real Madrid believes they have “already won.”
Ferdinand acknowledged earlier this year that, following their fall from grace, his former team was no longer able to compete for the best players.
Since the appointment of Erik ten Hag, who led United to fourth place in the Premier League standings before the domestic season was interrupted for the World Cup, United’s fortunes have improved.
However, due to their disastrous season the previous year, United is currently unable to provide Champions League football.
“Most people have realized Manchester United are not the powerhouses they once were in the transfer market,” Ferdinand said in an August interview with The Sun.
“They are competing in a totally distinct market. If Kylian Mbappe becomes available, I don’t believe United will come to the negotiation table.
They wouldn’t have any faith that he would show up, in my opinion. But will the existing bunch be sufficient to change the dials? It’s not, in my opinion.”