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Dortmund announce signing of English teenager Jude Bellingham

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Dortmund announce signing of English teenager Jude Bellingham

English teenager Jude Bellingham has joined Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund from English Championship aspect Birmingham metropolis, the German membership introduced on Monday.

The 17-year-old has signed a “long-term contract” and is to hitch the primary workforce squad from 30 July, Dortmund mentioned in a press release.

Neither membership disclosed additional particulars, however the switch payment is reported to be round €22 million.

“I am unable to thank Birmingham Metropolis sufficient for what they’ve accomplished for me, not simply this previous 12 months however for the reason that age of seven,” mentioned Bellingham.

“Nonetheless, I am extremely excited to have joined considered one of Europe’s largest golf equipment. The course they’re heading in and the way a lot they assist to enhance younger gamers made it a simple determination for myself and my household.”

After the success of Jadon Sancho, who broke into the England workforce in 2018 on the again of his Dortmund performances, Bellingham hopes to be the newest Englishman to observe in his footsteps.

“Jude has monumental potential, and we wish to assist him develop within the coming years,” mentioned Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

The German membership additionally posted a video on social media with first-team gamers singing the Beatles hit “Hey Jude”.

Midfielder Bellingham has lengthy been linked with a transfer to Dortmund, having impressed at Championship aspect Birmingham over the past 12 months.

He grew to become the membership’s youngest ever first-team debutant final August, and has since made three appearances for England Below-17s.

His shows for Birmingham additionally attracted the eye of Manchester United, who reportedly tried to signal him in January.

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