Nigel de Jong heaps praise on midfield maestro Jude Bellingham as he insists the England superstar is ‘ready’ for the Premier League…but quips he would prefer the teenager to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich
- Nigel de Jong believes Jude Bellingham is ‘ready’ for a Premier League move
- Bellingham scored England’s opener in their convincing 6-2 win over Iran
- The teenager has been tipped to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer
- De Jong though wants the 19-year-old to push for a move to join Bayern Munich
England midfielder Jude Bellingham is ‘ready’ for the Premier League according to former Manchester City and AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong.
The Borussia Dortmund starlet’s impressive midfield performance in Monday’s 6-2 victory over Iran bolstered Bellingham’s status as one of world football’s brightest prospects.
The 19-year-old is expected to leave Dortmund in the summer with Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Liverpool among a number of European giants interested in landing the Englishman.
Jude Bellingham starred during England’s 6-2 World Cup opening win over Iran on Monday
Bellingham (left) opened the scoring as he produced an impressive midfield performance
De Jong outlined his belief that Bellingham would adapt to life better in the Premier League compared to former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho due to the midfielder having a ‘far better head on his shoulders’.
Bellingham is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer
The Dutchman said: ‘I think [he’s ready for the Premier League] as well, but I would prefer him to go to Bayern Munich because that’s the extra step in the development of a player, structure-wise but also playing for the big prizes.
‘I don’t want to disrespect Dortmund in that sense, but as an organisation Bayern is the pinnacle when it comes down to it.
‘If I’m really honest with you and I look at the personality Jude Bellingham has already at 18 or 19 years old, he has by far a better head on his shoulders [than Sancho].
‘When it comes down to the humility that he has but also the cleverness and intelligence that he has, knowing what it takes in order to be the best midfielder in the world.
Former Man City star Nigel de Jong has backed Bellingham to succeed in the Premier League
De Jong believes Bellingham will be football’s hottest prospect after the World Cup
‘I think that says something about the personality he has, at 19 years old, to talk like that and to play also with the maturity that he has, says something about him.
‘And I think he’s the hottest prospect [in Europe] – especially after this World Cup!’
Bellingham will follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Jadon Sancho should he make the switch to depart the Bundesliga for Premier league football.
De Jong insists Bellingham won’t follow the path of Man United flop Jadon Sancho
But De Jong wants the Dortmund star to opt to join Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich instead
Sancho left Dortmund to join Manchester United for £73million in 2021, but has struggled to live up to expectations with the winger being dropped at both club and international level with England.
England supporters echoed similar flattering statements about Bellingham after the full-time whistle confirmed the Three Lions’ winning start to World Cup proceedings in the Middle East.
Suggestions that Bellingham will likely become one of football’s most expensive-ever transfers boomed after his stunning solo performance as fans quipped that the former-Birmingham player will cost ‘£200million’.
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