Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insists that the Bundesliga side will keep hold of Jude Bellingham this summer.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been linked with Bellingham over the past year but Watzke says his club will battle hard to keep the teenager at the German club:
“We can win a fight over an 18-year-old player, like Jude Bellingham, because this player loves to play at Borussia Dortmund, because we have always 80,000 spectators, it’s a very good atmosphere and the club knows how to manage young players.”
Reports have suggested that Dortmund’s asking price for Bellingham could be in excess of £100m, and Watzke’s statement appears to be a ‘hands off’ warning to any club looking to chance their arm with a bid in the coming months.
With Dortmund set to lose Erling Haaland to Manchester City, it is not surprising that they will fight tooth and nail to keep Bellingham. Losing two key players in the same summer is something they are not willing to consider.
Liverpool will probably continue to scout Bellingham but, with the club also eyeing up a potential deal for Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni, the Reds may wait another year before making a serious move for the Dortmund starlet.