Bundesliga teenage sensation, Jude Bellingham, has confirmed he had a chance to join Manchester United, and instead, chose to play for Borussia Dortmund.
The former Birmingham star emerged a target for a number of clubs in Europe, after making his debut for the Championship side at just over 16 years.
Manchester United were one of the club’s interested in signing Bellingham— even enlisting the help of former coach, Sir Alex Ferguson to give him a tour of the club’s training complex.
However Bellingham chose Dortmund, and according to him, his reasons were purely related to his de developement.
Speaking to The Guardian recently about the move, Bellingham said, “Man United have a great squad.
“And my decision had nothing to do with Man United.
“I was so focused and so happy with the interest from Dortmund that this became my first choice. It was never: ‘It’s this over this club.’ For me it was Borussia Dortmund, and that’s it.”
He added, “The way they integrate young players into the first-team squad is next level,” he explained.
“There is not a club in Europe that does it quite like them. The way they are pushed and can also be reeled back in. They can review your performances.”
Bellingham also debunked talks he spoke about his move with Jadon Sancho before it was completed, saying, “I sort of spoke to him through other people.
“I would mention something and they would say: ‘Jadon thought the same about this or that.’
“We didn’t have exact contact or anything like that. I played 44 times last season, so maybe my situation was slightly different to Jadon’s. But I am just glad to have got the opportunity.”
Bellingham is doing well with Dortmund at the moment, having won ‘Bundesliga Rookie of the year’ in his debut season.