Gary Neville makes key Jude Bellingham comparison as £100m star faces Chelsea transfer decision
Jude Bellingham’s future continues to draw speculation as Chelsea prepare to rival Liverpool and Manchester City for his signature. The 19- year-old has been the standout performer for England at the World Cup in Qatar and was influential in helping the Three Liosn reach the quarter-finals with a win over Senegal on Sunday night.
Bellingham has received praise from teammates and pundits alike for his performances for England, with Jordan Henderson labelling the talented midfielder as “incredible” . The Borussia Dortmund star is set to be at the centre of a major bidding war between top clubs across Europe with the Bundesliga outfit having accepted that he will depart the club next summer. Dortmund are set to ask for an astronomical fee for their star midfielder with his contract set to expire in 2025.
Bellingham may look to use a similar method to his former Dortmund teammate, Erling Haaland, when deciding his next club at the end of the 2022/23 season. Gary Neville has heaped praise upon Bellingham after yet another stunning display at the World Cup. Speaking to SkySports , Neville said:
“People have become obsessed in the last 10 or 15 years trying to describe what type of midfield player every midfield player is, you get put into boxes. “You’re a holding player, a box-to-box player, a goal scoring midfielder or a number 10. This lad can do everything. “They’re very unique players and I was in the studio with one last night, Roy Keane, that could do everything. I think Steven Gerrard could do everything.
“He could defend, he could pass, attack, these are very, very unique talents in world football and ones that I played with and that’s what he reminds me of. If I was to put him in that category that is high praise because you couldn’t make me talk higher about those types of players.”
The former Manchester United defender has been impressed by Bellingham’s ability to contribute in attack and defence at such a young age, something his former United teammate Roy Keane and England teammate Steven Gerrard were not doing at 19. Neville continued:
“Their ability to contribute in different areas of the pitch so how at 19 is delivering it though is the unique part. “Roy Keane wasn’t delivering it at 19. Neither was Steven Gerrard, it was a little bit later. “What he’s doing now at a World Cup, I’ve not seen before. It’s breathtaking and something I’m sure will attract interest from some Premier League clubs.”