Liverpool has been warned by Carsten Cramer, managing director of Borussia Dortmund, not to expect any “gifts” in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
Bellingham, 19, has long caught Liverpool’s attention, and they appear poised to step up their efforts to recruit him in 2023.
Although the Englishman’s contract at Dortmund doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025, interested clubs are aware that they will need to spend a large money to wrest him away.
Additionally, the competition for his signature is expected to drive up the price of the player.
Great night. Onto the knockouts. pic.twitter.com/LoCy2I9nHm
— Jude Bellingham (@BellinghamJude) November 29, 2022
Liverpool supporters are hoping that Jurgen Klopp’s relationship with his former club will give them an advantage over their rivals, with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea known admirers of Bellingham.
However, Cramer has admitted that while Liverpool would be the club he’d most like Bellingham to join – because of the links to Klopp – Dortmund won’t be doing the Reds any favours when it comes to doing business.
“We have a high sympathy for Liverpool for sure.
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“We are still in a good relationship with Jurgen and many others at Liverpool, so for me, it’s my preferred club in the EPL as well,” Cramer said during Dortmund’s winter tour of Vietnam.
“But don’t expect that we will make gifts to Liverpool,”
Cramer continued: “He (Bellingham) has a contract. I’m a sales person regarding commercial business, but not regarding the player’s business.
“We are happy to have him on board a hundred percent and the longer Jude will play for us, the better it will be.”