He will keep flourishing for the next 15 year: Declan Rice discusses what makes Chelsea’s #1 target a baller.
As rumors concerning Jude Bellingham’s location intensify, West Ham captain Declan Rice hailed him as the future star of English soccer.
Bellingham continued to flourish for England during the most recent international break, starting alongside Rice against Italy and Germany.
The 19-year-old controlled the midfield and helped the home team come back from a 2-0 hole to clinch a 3-3 draw at Wembley in an outstanding performance for the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate and some of Bellingham’s teammates have commended him for his efforts; Rice being the most recent.
“I don’t think I’ve seen somebody as talented as he is for 19,” Rice told the Mirror. I frequently observe 19-year-olds, whether they are at clubs or are located all over the world or the nation. It’s difficult to have the full package, but I believe he does.
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“He’s 19 but has the body of a 28-year-old; he is a man. He displays personality and character, thinks and plays like a guy. You can tell as a 19-year-old what he gives to the team immediately, the energy he has, even though I have been around and participated in many more games than he has in his career. He is capable of playing a holding role, an eight, or a ten.
“He’s a man, and you can tell when he plays for Dortmund. As a 19-year-old, you often avoid talking to the referee out of fear, but he is always in the official’s face, demanding answers, demanding choices, and leaving himself on the field. On the pitch, he really pushes you. It’s an honor to play beside him as we motivate each other.
“I wish him continued success. He represents the next 15 years of English football.”
Bellingham has been linked to a number of teams, including Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City. Even while he was a Birmingham player, Chelsea was mentioned in connection with the young midfielder.