Jude Bellingham believes Manchester United have a ‘great squad’ but revealed that they didn’t come into the equation when he decided to leave Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund this summer.
The 17-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford – and was even shown around the training ground by Sir Alex Ferguson – but decided to leave England and move to Germany.
He has a couple of assists to his name in the Bundesliga and Champions League this season and has started four of their opening six league matches.
United had hoped he would by strutting his stuff in the Premier League and made a concrete offer to sign the England Under-21 international but he was in no doubt where his next destination would be when he got the call from Dortmund.
‘Well, you know, Man United have a great squad but my decision had nothing to do with Man United,’ Bellingham told The Telegraph.
‘I was so focused and so happy with the interest from Dortmund that this became my first choice.
‘For me, it was Borussia Dortmund and that’s it. When you find somewhere that’s the best place to be, you kind of ignore everything else, you know what I mean?’
Bellingham is not the only young English talent in Dortmund.
Jadon Sancho – who has also been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford – has become a key player under Lucien Favre and scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in the league last season.
And Bellingham admitted his career path had helped him decide on a move to Germany.
‘I’ve said before how big of an example Jadon is for someone English and my age. We’re all trying to play but, specifically, we’re trying to make that next step into Europe’s elite.
‘I think Jadon has done that perfectly and he was a massive factor in looking at his journey. Hopefully, I can mirror it.’