Apparently there is a little more to Jude Bellingham’s rejection of Manchester United than meets the eye.
Jude Bellingham was one of the most talked-about youngsters in Engish football for the last 12 months.
The former Birmingham City teenager attracted a lot of attention in his solitary season playing first-team football in the Championship.
Such was the hype that Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United went head to head on a charm offensive to lure the player to their respective clubs.
It is understood that the Red Devils brought in the big guns, Sir Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona to impress the youngster and his family.
Dortmund simply showed him what they have done for the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.
The player insists that it was the idea of following the path of Jadon Sancho that convinced him. Although according to ESPN’s sources the United money men pulled the plug on any transfer based on his wage demands.
The US sports outlet is quoted as saying:
“United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confident that Bellingham would make at least 20 first-team appearances next season, despite his age, and that he would be regarded as a full member of the senior squad.”
“But United’s owners, the Glazer family, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward were reluctant to sanction a deal that would see a player with just one season of professional football behind him earning almost £3m-a-year at Old Trafford.”
Sancho may well be leaving Bellingham behind in Borussia and heading to Old Trafford himself.