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Jude Bellingham rejects Man Utd and agrees Borussia Dortmund transfer



Jude Bellingham has snubbed Manchester United, according to reports in Germany (Getty Images)

Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham as reports in Germany claim that the midfielder has agreed to join Borussia Dortmund.

The 16-year-old is in high demand and United have been attempting to convince him to make the move to Old Trafford this summer.

In March, Bellingham and his parents were given a tour of United’s training ground, while the Birmingham City midfielder also held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward.

Bellingham is said to have been impressed with United’s efforts, and Solskjaer’s side have been putting together a deal worth up to £50 million.

But according to Sport Bild, Dortmund now have an agreement in place with Bellingham and the midfielder’s situation is ‘clear’.

However, Dortmund have yet to reach an agreement with Birmingham City.

Jude Bellingham has established himself as a first-team regular at Birmingham City this season (Getty Images)

At the start of this season, Bellingham became Birmingham City’s youngest-ever player to play for the club at the age of 16 years and 38 days, breaking Trevor Francis’ record which had stood for 49 years.

Bellingham has already established himself as a first-team regular for Birmingham City this term, making 35 appearances in all competitions.

Speaking earlier this month, Francis urged Bellingham to stay at Birmingham City for at least another year in order to develop.

‘Wherever Jude Bellingham goes I think he should have it written in the contract that he immediately goes back to Birmingham City to play as a loan player because he has got to improve and the only way he is going to improve is by playing regularly,’ Francis told the Birmingham Mail.

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‘To go to Manchester United or Chelsea or wherever it may be, with respect to the lad he is not going to be a regular in the first team and he needs to be playing regular first team football to improve as a footballer.

‘For his age he has shown a lot of maturity when I have watched him.

‘I think he is blessed with great individual talent.

‘I am not exactly sure at this moment what his best position is but then again I think his manager would probably say exactly the same, but he is just a natural footballer who I think is capable of playing in any kind of position.’

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