Jude Bellingham has set his sights on sitting alongside the greats of Real Madrid’s history following his dream transfer to the Spanish giants.
Bellingham sealed a 103million euros (£88.5m) switch to the Bernabeu from Borussia Dortmund final month, cementing his place as one of many hottest younger abilities in Europe.
The 20-year-old is conscious of the checklist of stars which have pulled on the well-known white shirt over time, beforehand citing Zinedine Zidane as a task mannequin, however is focusing on a protracted and profitable profession of his personal.
“That’s the motivation for the transfer in the primary place, I would like to be at a membership that’s going to be competing for titles and I would like to attempt to assist the group and membership be as sensible because it has been for all of time actually,” he instructed the PA information company.
“Now’s my chance to be part of that history and that goes hand in hand as a result of I do know the membership needs to win and I would like to win so hopefully it is going to occur.
“It grabs you by itself, the scale of the membership is already surreal when you consider it, however while you add into that the challenge they have in place, it was actually vital I made this step as a result of it’s simply the place to be for me.”
For many, the prospect of becoming a member of Real Madrid in a big-money transfer at such a younger age can be daunting, however Bellingham’s journey has stood him in good stead.
Having made his debut for Birmingham as a 16-year-old after which becoming a member of Dortmund one 12 months later, he has executed issues in another way.
And meaning the worth tag actually is not going to weigh heavy on him.
“I’ve had a really totally different expertise to most younger gamers, particularly younger English gamers,” he mentioned.
“My journey has taken me to three totally different international locations, with out taking part in in the Premier League, so it is rather totally different.
“I’m at all times reminded of it when I’m away with the nationwide group and see the journeys of the opposite gamers.
“However it’s one thing I’m actually pleased with, the dangers I’ve taken and lengthy might it proceed. I simply attempt to take all the things in my stride actually.
“Stress has adopted me in all places to this level. I used to be 15 and 16 once I began taking part in with the primary group at Birmingham and felt that like a strain that could possibly be matched by no different actually, so at every stage of my life the strain has elevated.
“Till now I’ve at all times proved I can deal with it and if I used to be fearful about it I in all probability wouldn’t have made the transfer.
“As a result of I do know I’ve the proper individuals round me to help me by means of it I feel it’s a nice match.”
Bellingham might now be one of the crucial recognisable names in the sport, nevertheless it was not too way back that he was taking part in on the parks of Stourbridge as a toddler.
He’s now an envoy for McDonald’s Enjoyable Soccer programme, the most important grassroots programme in the UK for 5-11 12 months olds, the place 250,000 youngsters have had entry to free soccer in the final 12 months.
Bellingham added: “That is massively vital, you go searching and see the surroundings that McDonald’s has created, all these ladies and boys, no matter ages, simply coming collectively and taking part in soccer with out strain and with a great deal of smiles. It’s an important initiative and to rejoice 250,000 youngsters being given the chance to play soccer this season is simply sensible. We’ve had an important day.
“I bear in mind my mum and pop taking me to stuff like this on a regular basis, the place it’s nearly enjoyment.
“These are the form of days that correctly get you into the sport, I’m not trying round considering, ‘I’m wondering who’s going to be the following famous person’ however you by no means know the way it impacts the mindset of one among these youngsters, in phrases of chasing the dream of being a footballer.”
::Jude Bellingham was talking on the largest ever McDonald’s Enjoyable Soccer session to rejoice the landmark of over 250,000 youngsters throughout the UK benefiting from entry to free soccer this season. Enroll to a free session close to you at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/soccer