On the day Jude Bellingham will receive the Golden Boy award, the 20-year-old discussed his time at Real Madrid, touching on the importance of Carlo Ancelotti and his difficulty in trying to learn the language. Bellingham is showing why he was worth the €100m+ fee, racking up 15 goals and four assists so far this season, and is showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
Speaking to Italian media outlet Tuttosport and adapted by AS, the midfielder heaped praise upon manager Ancelotti, who he says has given him the freedom to flourish in this Madrid side. “I’ve worked really hard and put in a lot of effort, but it is down to Ancelotti who found the right position for me and gave me the freedom to flourish.”
The Englishman only had words of praise for the Italian but said that there is one aspect of life in Madrid that he is still lacking; the language. “I know I’m letting him down in one respect… I still don’t speak Spanish. I’m sorry, but I’m struggling with the language. It’s difficult for me, I admit, but I promise my full effort.”
Arda Güler is another player who arrived at Madrid this summer, but injuries have sidelined him so far. Speaking about the young talent, Bellingham only had praise for the 18-year-old, who he sees as one of the stars of the future. “Arda Güler is fantastic, we see him training and we are delighted with him.”
Bellingham on receiving the Golden Boy
Bellingham also spoke of how proud he was to win the Golden Boy award after coming second in two successive years behind Pedri and Gavi. “There are a lot of people at Madrid who are happy, starting with the President, but above all, I’m proud of myself. Winning the Golden Boy is an incentive to keep on giving more and keep on improving.”
Yet to win a trophy with Real Madrid, Bellingham says that he hopes that the award can be a platform to go on and win many more trophies.
GSFN | Finn Entwistle