Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl has confirmed that Liverpool have previously shown interest in signing the club’s fantastic young midfielder Jude Bellingham, but insists the England international is not for sale.
The 18-year-old has become one of the most talked about young players on the planet, and he has got an electric start to the new season, having also competed for the Three Lions in Euro 2020. His rapid growth has caught the attention of Europe’s elite, including the red ones.
And when discussing the relentless pursuit of their English star, Dortmund boss Kehl noted that although “not just Liverpool” have shown interest in Bellingham, there are “no signs” that he will leave the Bundesliga team any time soon.
“He is a Borussia Dortmund player and remains a Borussia Dortmund player,” Kehl told Sport1.
“There is a lot of interest in Jude Bellingham, not just Liverpool. But there is no conclusion and no exit clause. He is loved, he enjoys it.
“There are no signs he can leave Dortmund soon.”
Although Dortmund eventually had to sell Jadon Sancho to Manchester United during the summer, and Erling Haaland seems set for a mega move next year, Kehl believes Der BVB have what it takes to win titles – but they have to stick to their best player.
“It is good that we are talking about our players. It shows that we are doing something right,” Kehl continued.
“We can offer a lot in Borussia Dortmund. We want to win titles, but we have to keep the guys for it.”
Bellingham have been on the radar of a number of Premier League giants since breaking into Birmingham City’s first team, but despite interest from Manchester United, he chose a move to Dortmund in 2020.
His rapid rise to become one of the key players in the German outfit has alarmed those such as Liverpool and Man Utd, who hope that the fascination of playing in the Premier League will be enough to tempt him back to England at some point.
But as 90min recently revealed, Dortmund are not even considering selling Bellingham in the summer of 2022, and have managed to tie him to an improved deal that runs until 2025.
They will have many talks during the summer transfer window, but Manchester City will also contact Dortmund regarding a potential sale.