Jude Bellingham, one of the world’s most exciting young soccer talents, has made a blockbuster move to LaLiga giants Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund that involves a staggering €103 million in transfer fees.
With this huge sum of money involved, the 20-year-old English midfielder is well aware of the expectations and responsibilities on his shoulders. The youngster has big plans, and he wants to be remembered as one of Real Madrid’s all-time greats. In a recent interview, Jude gave us an insight into his desire to prove himself in the Los Blancos jersey.
Jude Bellingham’s take on the pressure of playing for Real Madrid
Speaking to Football Daily, Jude explained how determined he was to get back on the pitch and prove himself in the Real Madrid shirt: “I think now I’m kind of itching just to get back really and just to start playing. I think now that’s the thing I’m waiting for the most.” He then continued to explain how his move to Real Madrid was a dream come true and how happy he was to be a part of the club.
The England National Team player was then asked about his take on the pressure on Real Madrid, to which he replied adamantly, saying:
“I think it just follows you everywhere. I think wherever I was going to take my next step, there was going to be pressure, so it’s one of those things I get the chance to enjoy. It’s all about finding ways of coping, and I’m having a great time trying.”
Jude was then questioned about his aspirations for the team. The 20-year-old claimed that all he cared about was winning trophies and making history: “Just try and win, really. That’s why the club has signed me, that’s why I’m there. That’s why I joined the biggest club in the world – just to try and keep adding to the history and win trophies.”
🗣 "I'm itching to get back and playing."
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Where will Jude Bellingham fit in Real Madrid’s stacked midfield?
Jude will be joining a midfield lineup that is one of the world’s best, where there will be steep competition among world class players for the three spots in the starting 11. The trio Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde were Carlo Ancelotti’s favorite choices for the most part of last season, and with Kroos and Dani Ceballos receiving contract extensions, they’re expected to be well included in Ancelotti’s plans.
However, with the price Real Madrid have paid for Jude Bellingham, president Florentino Perez has well invested in a player for the long run. Bellingham has the makings of a star for Real, and his former youth team coach has said that he has played as a number four, an eight, and a ten for both club and country.
He excelled in his best season in front of goal for Dortmund, scoring 14 times across all competitions, and appears most at home as a box-to-box midfielder, driving forward from deep and offering the kind of threat in attack.
Given his dynamic playing style, Bellingham is more suited to the number eight position in a three-man midfield alongside Valverde and Modric than to the deeper role occupied by Kroos or Tchouameni, where control is prioritized.
Do you think Bellingham will make an impact on the field outright, or does he need some time to settle in? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section.