Jude Bellingham sent Paul Pogba warning as Liverpool and Man Utd lurk

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England star Jude Bellingham has been warned that he could receive the same treatment as Paul Pogba should the midfielder make the move to the Premier League next year. The Borussia Dortmund teenager has made an impressive start to the World Cup campaign, as he opened the scoring in the Three Lions 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, and has been linked to a host of Premier League clubs.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been credited with interest in the former Birmingham man, alongside Chelsea and Manchester City while Spanish giants Real Madrid have also been lurking.

However former Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend has urged Bellingham to remain in Germany beyond this season, and claimed that a big-money move could see him receive the same treatment as both Pogba and Jack Grealish who both received criticism after their moves to Manchester United and City respectively.

“I would say stay there [at Dortmund] a bit longer,” Townsend told talkSPORT. “Because if he comes to the Premier League, it’s going to be £150-odd million and we are going to have a similar effect to Paul Pogba. Bellingham scores goals but his main threat, his main quality is not scoring goals.

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“If he is going to come to the Premier League for £150m the media, everyone is going to be expecting him to score goals and when he doesn’t do that, even if he is playing well, they are going to be on his back. We are going to have another Jack Grealish situation. So for me, I would stay in Germany, do what you are doing and maybe further along the line come back.”

The Bundesliga side are set to discuss Bellingham’s future with the England man upon his return from the World Cup according to club chief Hans-Joachim Watzke. “I think as soon as Qatar is over, we’re going to have a basic conversation about what he actually wants,” the Dortmund CEO told BILD.

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“With him, with his parents, with whom we have a very close relationship and of course with his advisor. And then he should just tell us whether he wants to stay or whether he wants to go. Either way, we’ll discuss it pleasantly and reasonably.

“But we don’t have to pretend that the topic isn’t on the table. When the really big ones are there, we can’t afford to fight financially either. Jude is a wonderful boy who also has his fluctuations – we’ve seen that now but he is certainly one of the greatest talents in European football.”

Bellingham’s contract at Dortmund expires in 2025, and has nine goals in all competitions for his club in addition to the glancing header he scored against Iran as England’s first goal of the tournament.

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