Manchester United manaOle Gunnar Solskjaer has downplayed the feeling of being disappointed to havd missed out on Jude Bellingham, insisting Manchester United’s academy would produce better stars.
German side Dortmund confirmed the signing of Bellingham from Birmingham this week and the 17-year-old midfielder lavished praise on the German side’s emphasis on youth.
The player was reportedly about his involvement in the United first team, while Dortmund were keen to integrate Englishman with their senior set-up.
The Norwegian was quick to do a reminder that the club have a great record of developing their academy stars.
He told Sky Sports: “Now is not the time to talk about transfers but I think everyone can see what we do with young players, we’re getting our own players through.
“We’re giving them a chance and we’re trying to recruit players who’d add to our current squad, either as an X-Factor straight into the team or an X-Factor kid, so that recruitment process is going all the time.
“We’ll always look to our academy and give the kids a chance because the academy is fantastic.
“We educate players but also human beings. If we lose out on one, we’ll produce a better one.”
Bellingham becomes the second youngster to snub a move to Old Trafford to join Dortmund after Erling Haaland took the same decision in the winter window as well.