Julian Brandt has revealed that he was left amazed by the maturity of Jude Bellingham and the determination of Erling Haaland when the two were at Borussia Dortmund.
Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland both made an incredible impact at Borussia Dortmund before securing big-money moves away from the club. Now at Real Madrid and Manchester City respectively, they have established themselves as two of the best players in world football.
Julian Brandt has now commented on the duo’s time at Borussia Dortmund, and has admitted that he was left amazed by them. The Germany international has hailed the incredible maturity of Jude Bellingham, and Erling Haaland’s desire to always keep working on his weaknesses.
During an interview with SportBILD, Brandt said:
"“What I admired most was [Jude Bellingham’s] maturity for his young age. He had three opponents around him and still shouted: “Give me the ball!” And you pass the ball to him – and he never lost it. He always had a solution.”"
"“When Erling [Haaland] moved to BVB, the very strict Covid-19 period soon arrived. And because of the rules, we were only allowed to train in teams of two. Erling was my training partner. It was really incredible how quickly he was able to improve his weaknesses.”“His heading game. The first touch. His right foot. Not even remotely comparable to Erling Haaland today. Three months later I thought: My god, how did he manage to improve it all so quickly?”"
Jude Bellingham moved to Borussia Dortmund from hometown club Birmingham City in July 2020 and made a total of 132 appearances for the club. He joined Real Madrid last summer, and has 13 goals and three assists to his name in just 14 appearances for them so far.
Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020 and scored 86 goals in just 89 appearances for the club. He joined Manchester City last year, and helped them win the treble in his debut season. The Norwegian international has 69 goals in just 71 appearances for the Premier League giants.