Sebastian Kehl hopes Jude Bellingham will stay at Borussia Dortmund beyond 2023

Jude Bellingham (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
Jude Bellingham (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images) /

Sebastian Kehl has said that Borussia Dortmund are hoping to keep Jude Bellingham at the club beyond the end of the current season.

Jude Bellingham has developed into one of the best young midfielders in the world since joining Borussia Dortmund two years ago. His performances have seen him attract the interest of a number of big clubs, including Liverpool and Real Madrid.

There have also been reports claiming that Liverpool could make a move for Bellingham before this week’s transfer deadline day. But Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl made it clear on Sunday evening that the England international will not be leaving the club this summer. During an appearance on Sky90, Kehl said:

"“There is no request for him. And honestly – I know this from the player and his family – the boy has no interest at all in going anywhere this summer. He will stay with us this season, I can guarantee that.”"

Kehl added that Borussia Dortmund’s aim is to keep their star players at the club for a longer period of time, as opposed to having to reshape their squad every year.

"“All of us would like to keep the boys for one or two years longer. In the end, it’s also a Sisyphean task to keep redeveloping the squad. But we have to accept that at some point, the boys will look to move on again, both financially and in sporting terms.”"

Jason Sancho left Borussia Dortmund last summer, while Erling Haaland departed for Manchester City earlier this summer. There will no doubt be plenty of interest in Bellingham next summer. But the 19 year old’s current contract with BVB runs until the end of the 2024/25 season. And those in charge at the club will look to convince him to stay at least beyond 2023.

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Borussia Dortmund signed Jude Bellingham from hometown club Birmingham City in 2020. He has made a total of 95 appearances across all competitions for the Black and Yellows so far, and was also appointed the club’s third captain before the start of this season.