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By Akhil Fisher@akhil_fisher

Pep Guardiola heaps praise on Dortmund star Bellingham

17-year-old Jude Bellingham has taken huge strides since moving from Championship side Birmingham City to the Signal Iduna Park.
Jude Bellingham’s stunning opener against Manchester City on Wednesday night came about as a consolation after the English teenager’s first leg controversy.

He put in a mature showing for a footballer his age, taking on the more experienced Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

His display the 4-2 aggregate loss against City, and specifically in the 2-1 second-leg loss drew praise from the Cityzens’ boss Pep Guardiola.

When asked about the central midfielder’s performances over the two legs, he said: “I can’t believe it, maybe he’s a liar (about his age)! He’s so good for 17-years-old, he’s a fantastic player. There was one moment when he didn’t get the ball from central defenders, how he shouts and demands that ball to him at 17 means a lot.”

Guardiola added: “I spoke with his manager, Edin, and he told me what you see in these two games is like every training session.”

Manchester City will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals of the Chamoions League after the Parisians knocked out last edition’s winners Bayern Munich.

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