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Gary Neville Names The Player Manchester United Should Sign Ahead Of Declan Rice

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Gary Neville Names The Player Manchester United Should Sign Ahead Of Declan Rice

Gary Neville has revealed which English midfielder he believes Manchester United should sign - and it isn't Declan Rice.

The former defender instead thinks that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should try and land Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham, who is catching the eye already this season in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

United have been linked with West Ham captain Rice for the past two summers, with the club seemingly crying out for a defensive midfielder of his ilk.

And yet, the Sky pundit sees Bellingham, who is just 18 years of age, as the future of England football.

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During a recent Twitter Q and A, Neville responded to the question: "United can sign only one of Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice next summer. Which one would you choose?". His response was simply, "Bellingham".

See the Tweet below for yourself.

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Last year, United were reportedly desperate to sign Bellingham from his boyhood club, Birmingham City.

However, the youngster instead opted to join Borussia Dortmund, later citing their record for developing talent as a key reason for doing so.

After missing out on a £25 million deal back then, they may have to pay in excess of £100m if they wish to land the England international next summer.

While this isn't out of the question, Rice would appear to be a more likely arrival over the next twelve months or so.

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In terms of what United need at this present time, the Hammers star arguably fits the bill better than Bellingham, given the 22-year-old's defensive pedigree.

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Image Credit: PA

Rice attracted the interest of both United and Chelsea this summer, following an excellent Euro 2020 campaign with England.

As a former member of Chelsea's academy, the London side would appear to have a natural advantage in any future transfer tussle, although both clubs would first have to convince West Ham to sell their prized asset.

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As for Bellingham, his future looks to be in Germany for another season at least.

Given his age, there is certainly no rush for the man from Stourbridge, who is currently on a trajectory towards becoming one of world football's biggest stars in the coming years.

Topics: Manchester United, Jude Bellingham, Premier League, Declan Rice, Gary Neville

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