Real Madrid has finalized the transfer of English midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund for a sum of €103 million.
The England midfielder, who will become his country’s most expensive player should the deal rise to the £115m price tag including add-ons, has signed a six-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real will pay an initial £88.5m for Bellingham, who will be presented as a Los Blancos player in a presentation on Thursday morning at 11am.
Bellingham, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on June 29, leaves Dortmund after three seasons and was named Bundesliga Player of the Year in the most recent campaign.
In a farewell statement on the Dortmund website, Bellingham said: “Thank you to everyone at BVB and to the fans for everything over the past three years.
“It’s been an honour to wear your jersey so many times, in big and small moments. Even though I look forward to my next destination, I will never forget the journey there. Once Borussia always Borussia. All the best for the future.”
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke added: “We thank Jude for three years of passion for Borussia Dortmund. It was a fantastic time together.
“We would also like to thank Real Madrid for the always fair and constructive discussions.”
When Bellingham was at the peak of his powers during the World Cup with England, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had his say on where he ranks as one of the best young midfielders in the world.
“Bellingham is one of them,” the Italian said. “But I’ll stick with my midfielders, who are very good, especially the youngsters.”
It was a reminder, despite Bellingham being one of the most sought-after midfielders ahead of this summer transfer window, that Real Madrid are a club with plenty of pedigree in that position.
The rise of Bellingham
August 2019 – Bellingham becomes Birmingham’s youngest ever player by starting a EFL Cup first-round match against Portsmouth at the age of 16 years and 38 days. He scored his first league goal for the club at the end of the month.
July 2020 – Bellingham becomes the most expensive 17-year-old in history by joining Borussia Dortmund for an initial £25m deal.
October 2020 – Bellingham becomes the youngest English player to start a Champions League match as he played in Dortmund’s trip to Lazio at the age of 17 years and 113 days.
November 2020 – Bellingham is called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for he first time, making his debut against Ireland at Wembley at the age of 17 years and 136 days.
May 2021 – Bellingham wins his first career trophy, winning the German Cup which came amidst being named Bundesliga Newcomer of the Season after just 29 matches.
November 2022 – The midfielder scores his first England goal, opening the Three Lions’ account at the 2022 World Cup via a 6-2 Group B win over Iran.
May 2023 – After eight goals and five assists, Bellingham is named Bundesliga Player of the Season but Dortmund miss out on the league title on the final day of the campaign by drawing 2-2 to Mainz.
June 2023 – Bellingham completes an initial £88.5m transfer to Spanish champions Real Madrid.