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Jude Bellingham admits Manchester United didn’t come into the equation when he decided to leave Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund this summer. The 17-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but decided to leave England and move to Germany.
“Well, you know, Man United have a great squad but my decision had nothing to do with Man United,” Bellingham told The Telegraph. “I was so focused and so happy with the interest from Dortmund that this became my first choice.
“For me, it was Borussia Dortmund and that’s it. When you find somewhere that’s the best place to be, you kind of ignore everything else, you know what I mean?’ Bellingham is not the only young English talent in Dortmund. Jadon Sancho – who has also been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford – has become a key player under Lucien Favre and scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in the league last season. And Bellingham admitted his career path had helped him decide on a move to Germany.
“I didn’t really speak to Jadon,’ he added. ‘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.” I’ve said before how big of an example Jadon is for someone English and my age. We’re all trying to play but, specifically, we’re trying to make that next step into Europe’s elite. I think Jadon has done that perfectly and he was a massive factor in looking at his journey. Hopefully, I can mirror it.”