Jude Bellingham’s decision to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer had ‘nothing to do with Manchester United’, as reported by the Guardian.

The teenager became the most expensive 17-year-old in history when he joined the German outfit from Championship side Birmingham in July.

The £25 million transfer has so far unfazed the midfielder, who has already established himself at the club with one goal and two assists in nine appearances in all competitions since joining.

Bellingham first burst onto the scene in August 2019 when he became Birmingham’s youngest ever player in a League Cup tie with Portsmouth, a record set by Trevor Francis 49 years previously.

The youngster was aged just 16 years and 38 days at the time, before going on to star for the club before his switch to the Bundesliga.

“Nothing to do with Man United”

Premier League giants Man United were, however, hugely interested in his services during the summer, but a move to Old Trafford was never part of Bellingham’s thought process.

“Man United have a great squad,” said Bellingham. “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.”

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Jude Bellingham isn’t only thriving youngster

Jude Bellingham certainly isn’t the only, with 20-year-old striker Erling Haaland also showcasing his abilities to the world in black and yellow.

Also regularly featuring under Lucien Favre are 17-year-old American Giovanni Reyna, and 18-year-old Reinier, who is on loan from Real Madrid.

Former Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho is another who is starring in Germany. The 20-year-old is already well on his way to a place in Dortmund folklore, recording 17 goals and 16 assists in the Bundesliga last season.

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