Jude Bellingham has attracted interest from the biggest clubs in Europe, but 'his development at Dortmund is far from over,' according to club boss Michael Zorc.
"When we signed Jude last year, many top clubs were interested in him. He consciously chose BVB and the concept we presented to him. His development at Dortmund is far from over," Zorc told Sport Bild.
After an impressive first season at Signal Iduna Park, which saw Bellingham rack up four goals and four assists in 46 appearances, the 18-year-old has become even more important for his club this season.
"He is very clear-headed and has a very good environment, which helps him to handle his rapid development in just the right way," said Zorc on the midfielder, who has scored three times and set up six goals in 16 games this campaign.
"The fact that Jude is already showing such consistency in his performances was not to be expected when we signed him," added the Dortmund boss.
"Especially in recent months, he has made another leap forward and is now an extremely important player."
Dortmund paid €23 million to sign Bellingham from Birmingham City in the summer of 2020. The young central midfielder's contract expires in 2025.