Bundesliga News

Lucien Favre: 'With someone like Jude Bellingham, I don't look at the date of birth'

By Rune Gjerulff

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is excited about working with 17-year-old Jude Bellingham, who has impressed after his arrival from Birmingham City.

Lucien Favre.
Lucien Favre.Photo: Антон Зайцев/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

Borussia Dortmund beat a host of clubs to the signature of Jude Bellingham in July, paying €26.5 million to sign the 17-year-old central midfielder from Birmingham City.

And after an impressive pre-season, it appears the English under-21 international has a realistic chance of breaking into Dortmund's starting eleven.

"First and foremost, I am interested in playing intelligence. With someone like Bellingham, I don't look at the date of birth. He has the technical skills and a feel for space. That's why it's easy for me to work with such a talent," Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre told Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA.

"Of course I'm happy to be working with a player like him. During pre-season, I've already got to know him better. I like the way he handles the ball, how he defends it. Jude gives us many tactical possibilities and has an amazing presence. He can play as a number six or number eight, is a good passer, tries to put himself in a finishing position. With him, different systems are possible. It's all very, very interesting."

Bellingham made 44 appearances for Birmingham last season, racking up four goals and three assists.

More about Jude Bellingham

More about Dortmund

Bundesliga News

Fantasy Football

Tactics Talk

Editor's picks


Turn back time

Champions League - RB Leipzig - Club Brugge