Jude Bellingham turned down a move to Manchester United because he believes Dortmund are the best team in Europe at developing young talent

The 17-year-old had held talks with former Red Devil’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson after a guided tour of Old Trafford in June, he said: “I just think the way Dortmund integrate young players into the first-team squad is next level.

“There is not a club in Europe that does it quite like them. The way they are pushed and can also be reeled back in,”

“They can review your performances. There is a person there for every player who has worked with the young players. Everyone has that support system to work for their chance in the first team,”

“Man United have a great squad. And my decision had nothing to do with money. And I was so focused and so happy with the interest from Dortmund that this became my first choice. It was never [a case of] it’s this over this club. For me it was Borussia Dortmund, and that’s it.”

Eleven months ago, the Bundesliga club piped the Old Trafford side to sign Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg. They also signed highly-rated teenagers Gio Reyna from MLS club New York City FC and Reinier Jesus Carvalho from Real Madrid on loan.

The 17-year-old also spoke about how Jadon Sancho was key for him moving to Germany he said “Jadon 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.

“There’s no denying that, and looking at his journey was a massive factor for me,”

“I didn’t really speak to him before I came out, I sort of did it through other people. I would mention something and they would say: ‘Jadon thought the same about this or that.’ Hopefully I can mirror what he has done.”

The English man joined the BVB side this summer from Birmingham city for £30 million and have shined like a million stars with the matches he has played so far this season.