Jude Bellingham Opens Up On Why He Snubbed Man Utd To Sign For Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the £25m signing of Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City.

The England Under-17 international’s arrival was announced with his new team-mates enjoying a singalong to Hey Jude by The Beatles on the club's official Twitter account.

Bellingham snubbed Manchester United to join the Bundesliga giants on a “long-term” contract.

And the teenager hailed the history of youth development at his new club as the reason he joined.

The 17-year-old midfielder said: “I can't thank Birmingham City enough for what the club did for me – not just this season, but since I came to the club when I was seven.

“Now I'm really excited to join one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“BVB's path, but especially how they help young players to improve, made the decision very easy for me personally and for my whole family.

“I can't wait to play in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world.”

Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc added: “Jude Bellingham confidently chose BVB and, of course, was primarily concerned with the sporting perspective that we showed him.

“He has enormous potential that we share and want to develop with him in the coming years.

“He already has a surprising amount of quality in his own possession as well as against the ball, and on top of that, the player also has a strong mentality.

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“We immediately see Jude as a reinforcement for our professional squad, but of course we will also give him the time to get used to the higher level.”

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