Jude Bellingham has become one of the best young players in Europe at Borussia Dortmund – and his younger brother Jobe could join him in Germany in the near future
Jobe, 16, is yet to make his senior debut for the Blues but was included in Lee Bowyer’s squad for the League Cup ties against Colchester and Fulham in August.
According to The Sun, Dortmund are becoming “increasingly keen” to bring Jude’s younger brother to the Westfalenstadion in the future.
The winger has been prolific at youth level, scoring three goals in five appearances for Birmingham’s U18 side this term, and is pushing for his first team bow.
Like his brother Jude, 18, Jobe’s dad Mark looks after his affairs and could be keen on doing business with Dortmund again when the time is right.
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The German giants have reportedly been interested in signing Jobe since he was 14, around the time his older brother signed for the club.
But Dortmund’s youth coordinator Lars Ricken, who spent his entre playing career at the German club, has played down speculation.
As quoted by Twitter account BVB Newsblog, Ricken said: “We got to know Jobe when we signed his brother.
“But he’s 16. And 16-year-olds have a right for anonymity, so we won’t be talking about him here.”
Ricken’s quotes suggest Dortmund won’t try to sign Jobe any time soon and will allow him to flourish in the Championship at his boyhood club.
Speaking about his younger brother in May, Jude said: “It’s a dream for me. But it’s up to him. I hope that he will develop further as a boy and as a player.”
The England ace then joked: “He will definitely not play for Schalke.”
Discussing Jobe, Dortmund boss Edin Terzic added: “You have to see that it’s the right step at the right time… but we wouldn’t mind having a great tandem in the team.”
Jude’s move to Dortmund has been a huge success, earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 after his first season at the club.
Southgate said in March: “I couldn’t be more impressed with him as a human being. His parents have done a fantastic job and should be very proud.
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“He’s got humility, good manners, confidence and a lovely way about him… I’m very, very impressed with him. We’ve got to make sure that we look after him.”
Bellingham has already made 38 Bundesliga appearances and started Dortmund’s German Cup final victory against RB Leipzig in May.
Discussing his team-mate in September, Dortmund striker Erling Haaland said: “Jude’s amazing. So he’s 18 and is three years younger than me. It’s crazy. What can I say? He’s amazing.”