On Wednesday, Real Madrid officially announced the acquisition of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund on a six-year contract. The English international’s transfer fee exceeded 100 million euros ($108 million).
Last week, Dortmund confirmed that they had reached an agreement with Madrid for the 19-year-old midfielder, with the deal amounting to 103 million euros, plus a potential additional 30 percent in bonuses.
Bellingham’s arrival is part of Real Madrid’s midfield rejuvenation, as the young talent joins the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni from France. This strategic move aims to gradually replace the experienced duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Bellingham made a strong impression while representing England under Gareth Southgate in the previous World Cup, where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the eventual runners-up, France.
Having joined Dortmund from Birmingham in 2020 for 25 million euros, the midfielder, who will turn 20 later this month, amassed 132 appearances for the club and helped them secure the German Cup in 2021.
Expressing his gratitude, Bellingham conveyed his appreciation to everyone at Dortmund and the fans through the club’s website. He stated, “It was an honor to wear your shirt in both significant and ordinary moments. While I eagerly anticipate my next destination, I will never forget the journey I had here. Once a Borussian, always a Borussian.”