Rio Ferdinand, a former player for Manchester United, has urged his old team to recruit Jude Bellingham after the 19-year-old once again shone in the Champions League.
On Wednesday, Bellingham, who is regarded as one of the best young players in the world, provided another example of why as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Sevilla in the Champions League.
After playing the full ninety minutes in Dortmund’s 4-1 victory over Sevilla and contributing an assist, Bellingham became the first adolescent midfielder in the competition’s history to score in three straight outings.
A bidding battle for his services is anticipated to start in advance of a potential high-profile transfer next summer as a result of his ongoing strong achievements for club and country.
Bellingham enters the final two years of his contract with Dortmund and is currently expected to leave the club next summer.
With Liverpool and City dominating the hunt for his services, the Germans are asking for over £130 million to allow the England star to leave the team.
However, Ferdinand has urged his former team to enter the race, tagging United and using the “phone emoji” on Twitter to go along with his BT Sport comments that Bellingham is a “beast.”
“We immediately stated that we had not seen what he was doing in his position at his age. The top athletes of our generation, including Roy Keane, Lampard, Gerrard, Scholes, and Vieira, weren’t acting in this way.” He spoke to BT Sport.
“Being a team captain and having an impact on a game at this level. He is the complete package and this child is a beast intellectually. There is no denying that.
One thing you must say about him is that, whoever acquires him, his temperament is one matter that won’t require a response.
The most important aspect to get right when making major transfers is temperament. This lad has already shown that there is absolutely no doubt about his temperament.”
The former Birmingham midfielder met with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Eric Cantona at Carrington to negotiate a transfer to Manchester United in 2020, but ultimately decided to join Dortmund instead of the Red Devils.
Six minutes into the game in Seville, Bellingham contributed to the opening goal for Dortmund by sending a flawless ball out wide to Raphael Guerreiro, who scored.
When he scooped up the ball inside the area, dribbled past two players, and poked the ball low into the goal, he then added to his own score.
He said that he enjoys the leadership responsibilities that come with being captain after his team’s convincing victory in Spain. He also praised his teammates for their assistance.