Jude Bellingham has hinted he may never play in the Premier League during his career.
The 20-year-old continues to leave fans, players and pundits impressed with his dazzling performances for club and country.
He was man of the match in the 3-1 Euro 2024 qualifying win over Italy, the ninth time he has won the award in 20 matches in total this season.
Bellingham has opted to join Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund this summer for what appears to be a bargain £115million.
He chose Madrid over Liverpool, the second time he has chosen not to play in the Premier League. Manchester United were also an option when he chose to join Dortmund from Birmingham in 2020.
He is already a superstar at Madrid and has admitted he wants to stay at the La Liga giants for the “next 10 to 15 years”.
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Bellingham told Channel 4: “I’m getting a little better every time I play. It was a really good night for us, we all remember what happened a few years ago when they played here. You always aim for progression. We are heading in the right direction and a very important victory for us.
“I love football at the moment. My management at club and country gives me the freedom to play it the way I see it.
“In recent months, I have really worked on my timing to enter the box and when I arrive, I arrive with a big hunger.
“With a big transfer, the point is I have to deliver, whether it’s a goal, an assist or a match-winning performance.
“This is the club I want to be at for the next 10 to 15 years of my life. I love it here. Carlo basically said this position is where he sees me.”
Talent like Bellingham’s is rarely seen and talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy believes we are witnessing a once-in-a-generation talent.
“We’re talking about a generational talent in Jude Bellingham,” Cundy told Sports Bar. “When was the last time a player came in who was talked about like that? It was Rooney and it was a generation ago.
“Before that, Gazza. There is another generation. What I’m saying is that players like this come back from time to time.
The comparisons to Paul Gascoigne don’t stop there either with Bellingham’s all-round game compared to the superstar midfielder.
England legend Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT: “You can almost see shades of Gazza with that arrogance on the football pitch, that comfortable nature of being so young but so competent at this level.”
Bellingham could even emulate Gascoigne by not playing in the Premier League until late in his career.
Gazza left Tottenham in 1992, just before the English top division was renamed the Premier League, spending several seasons at Lazio and Rangers.
He only made his competitive debut playing for Middlesbrough in 1998 and then joining Everton.
What is a loss for England will be a gain for Spain, as Bellingham looks like a future Ballon d’Or winner.
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