Real Madrid Football Club has officially announced Jude Bellingham as the club’s latest signing ahead of the next season. On Thursday, June 15th, 2023, the Englishman was introduced to the press in grand style at the club’s training complex.
Bellingham stated his delight after his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to the home of 14 UEFA Champions League titles was completed.
I was at the final when Madrid beat Liverpool, that was a huge factor in my decision to join Real. My dad told me about Real Madrid interest last year, 12/15 months ago… and trust me, I got goosebumps and my heart stopped a bit. I was sold when Real Madrid came to my house to meet us. It was huge because they were great with my family, they didn’t try to manipulate them. It was a great moment, goosebumps, you dream of that moment as a kid.
The midfielder also spoke on the honor and responsibility that came with being granted the number 5 jersey, which had previously been worn by club legend Zinedine Zidane.
I admire Zinedine Zidane and the legacy he has at the club. I’m not trying to be the same as him, I’m just trying to be Jude. It’s a big honor to follow in his footsteps.
Last season, the 22-year-old was linked with a move to Liverpool, the top Premier League club, but instead chose to join Real Madrid.