Explained: How Real Madrid convinced Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham has gone through different moments of doubt, but his priority was always to play for Real Madrid. This is what he told his entourage, who from that moment on worked with the premise of putting Los Blancos ahead of the rest of the interested parties in the race to sign the England international.

Relevo report that Juni Calafat was there to bridge the gap between Bellingham and the part of his family that saw a move to the Premier League as a better option. The head of international recruitment at Real Madrid met the player’s father Mark on several occasions. Calafat explained the club’s plan and the numbers involved in the operation and his insistence has paid off.

Since the beginning of the year, Bellingham has been the major target for Madrid. It was also necessary to convince some at the club, who were sceptical about the signing due to the price involved, but the player’s performances this season helped. He has finished the campaign with 42 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in which he has scored 14 goals and provided seven assists. His World Cup in Qatar, as one of England’s leaders, did not disappoint either.

The English midfielder has said that he found the Real Madrid project more attractive, as well as sharing that Madrid, despite not matching Manchester City’s offer, had also made a significant financial effort to secure his signing. With Bellingham’s agreement, Los Blancos reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund, with whom they have an excellent relationship. The deal is worth around €100m plus variables.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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