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“The most mature, most serious 18-year-old I’ve ever seen”. Mats Hummels showers praise on Liverpool transfer target

“The most mature, most serious 18-year-old I’ve ever seen”. Mats Hummels showers praise on Liverpool transfer target

Bellingham receives praise from Dortmund teammate

When you have embarked on a career like Mats Hummels has, you have played alongside some of the very best in the business in both Germany and across Europe. The former Bayern Munich man and current Dortmund stalwart has recently heaped heavy praise on England youngster Jude Bellingham as the Birmingham City youth graduate moves right along in his second season in the Ruhr Valley.

“The most mature, most serious 18-year-old I’ve ever seen”. Mats Hummels showers praise on Liverpool transfer target

Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham celebrates at the end of the game. Birmingham City v Stoke City – Sky Bet Championship – St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium 31-08-2019 . (Photo by Clint Hughes/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

Hummels could not speak highly enough of Bellingham when speaking to DAZN (cited by Goal);

“He’s the most mature, most serious 18-year-old I’ve ever seen.

Jude is already one of the leaders. He’s already one of the loudest on the team. I’ve already told him 25 times this year that I just love him.

A great footballer, a great guy. He’ll go his way 100 per cent, without any doubt about it.”

This, coming from a player who has seen the progression and development of players like current and former wunderkind the likes of Kai Haverts, Florian Wurtz, and Mario Götze as international colleagues, club mates, and adversaries.

Bellingham has started each match under new boss Marco Rose this season across four different competitions and his importance to the first-team set up is very much set in stone.

Liverpool & Man City tracking budding England international

Bellingham is a young star rapidly on the rise, and that ascension was on full display last week when he found the back of the net in Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Besiktas to open their Champions League campaign. In doing so, Bellingham became the youngest player to ever score back-to-back goals in the European club competition, breaking Kylian Mbappé’s record.

Liverpool have reportedly been long-term admirers of the midfield prodigy, while Man City have also been linked with the possibility of entering the fray to secure his services next summer in what could be a deal rumored to be in excess of £80million.

So it should come as no surprise at all that the youthful England star is receiving justifiable praise from his colleague when many did not expect his career at Dortmund to catapult off the flight desk as quickly as it has.

Whether or not Bellingham will be able to be prized away from the Westfalenstadion remains to be seen, however, given the expected departure of Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland next summer after Die Schwarzgelben were able to hang on to the sharpshooter in the previous window.

Both Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc will undoubtedly prefer to not lose two key young stars in the same window, both of whom are just about impossible to replace. A return home for Bellingham could be made to wait another year if the club brass dig their heels in and remain firm in their attempts to not be picked apart at the seams.


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