Real Madrid officially announced today, the acquisition of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, sealing a six-year deal with the English international.
The transfer fee for the 19-year-old sensation surpassed 100 million euros ($108 million).
Borussia Dortmund had confirmed the agreement with Madrid the previous week, stating that the deal amounted to 103 million euros, with an additional potential 30 percent in bonuses.
Bellingham’s arrival adds to Real Madrid’s ongoing midfield revitalization project, as the young talent joins the ranks of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni, the promising French duo. This strategic move aims to gradually phase out the seasoned veterans, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Real Madrid expressed their excitement about signing one of global football’s most highly regarded talents. Having previously excelled at Borussia Dortmund, Bellingham now arrives at Madrid after being recognized as the Bundesliga’s best player for the 2022-23 season.
“Our clubs signs one of the biggest talents in world football, a player who comes from Borussia Dortmund and arrives at Madrid after being chosen as the best player in the Bundesliga 2022-23 season,” Madrid said.
“On top of that, he is only 19 and is already a starter for the England national team.”
“Thank you to everyone at BVB and to the fans for everything over the past three years,” Bellingham told Dortmund’s club website.
“It was an honour to wear your shirt so often, in big and small moments. Even though I’m looking forward to my next destination, I’ll never forget the journey there. Once a Borussian, always a Borussian.”