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“It was a really brave move”- Paul Scholes says current Real Madrid superstar was right to reject Man United in 2020

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Paul Scholes is not a huge fan of Diogo Dalot (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham made a wise choice in rejecting the English club.

Paul Scholes praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for making the right call over his career while rejecting Manchester United. When United showed interest in acquiring him, the 20-year-old made the decision to join German side Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund signed Bellingham in the summer of 2020 from Birmingham City at just 17 years of age. The England international became a regular player for Dortmund’s senior side immediately. Bellingham has earned a steep reputation and game experience despite the very young age in Germany.

The 20-year-old played 132 games during his time with the German giants and contributed 24 goals and 25 assists. The Englishman won DFB-Pokal with Dortmund during his time at the club.

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Manchester United showed interest in signing Jude Bellingham when he was playing at Birmingham City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Scholes praised (h/t talkSPORT) the level-headedness of Bellingham in deciding the best choice of club for his professional career. He said:

“We [Manchester United] were very close to signing him [Jude Bellingham], but he decided to go to Borussia Dortmund which looks the right thing from what’s happened over the past couple of years. He just stands out that much, he’s scoring goals, and he’s playing in a higher position for Real Madrid where Ancelotti probably sees him. He’s a winner, he affects games of football.”

Former Birmingham CEO Dong Ren told Mundo Deportivo (h/t Mirror) that the Red Devils made the biggest offer for Bellingham. Ren revealed that Bellingham did not make his decision based on money and decided to join Dortmund. Bayern Munich, Leicester, Chelsea, and Wolves were also among the interested parties.

Madrid signed Bellingham during the summer transfer window for 103 million euros plus various add-ons. The English midfielder has started the season for the Spanish giants in a sensational form.

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The 20-year-old has scored 10 goals and provided three assists in 10 matches for Madrid in all competitions. The England international is enjoying the style of play and thriving in the high-pressure environment. We don’t know if Bellingham will play in the Premier League but the youngster has a long career ahead.