Jude Bellingham has explained his decision to snub Manchester United in order to join Dortmund.
The 17-year-old was believed to be one of the Red Devils top transfer targets having burst onto the scene with Birmingham City, and even received a tour of the 20-times English champions facilities from ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, he instead opted to sign for a German giants in a deal which could be worth up to £30m, and he has insisted that the desire to play regular first-team football played vital role in his decision to become a Dortmund player.
“The only thing I was bothered about in making this decision was playing football. It’s as clear as day if you come here and do the right things, you will get your opportunity,” Bellingham is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“There are plenty of young players out there who, if given the chance, would shine at first-team level but they don’t quite get the chance for whatever reason. I’m almost an example, as well as many others in our first team, for just giving people a chance. Throw them in the deep end and see what they can do.
“There are a lot more in the Championship who can handle it. These players are often better than you would think. Jadon [Sancho] is a big example 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. Jadon has done that perfectly.
“Manchester United have a great squad – and my decision had nothing to do with Man United. Dortmund was the best place for me. After that, you ignore everything else.
Since making switch to German giants, Bellingham has already become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer and the youngest Englishman to appear in the Champions League, playing nine times for Dortmund in all competitions thus far.