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Roy Keane has heaped praise on Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham, who Manchester United missed out on a couple of years back.
Still only 18, Bellingham has developed into one of the most exciting midfield players around and has shown maturity beyond his years in displays for club and country.
Dortmund paid £25 million for a 17-year-old Dortmund after seeing him excel at Birmingham City, fending off interest from United.
United rolled out the red carpet for Bellingham, giving him a tour of Carrington and reportedly arranging a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson in order to try and convince him to sign.
But he elected to move abroad to Germany and Keane reckons he has all the tools to go right to the top.
"He’s got a great chance, the kid, we love everything about him,” Keane said on ITV's coverage of England's 10-0 thrashing of San Marino.
"What he does on the pitch, the way he speaks off it, he’s playing week in, week out for a top club [Borussia Dortmund]. The potential in this kid is scary.
“I saw him recently playing in a Champions League game and he was producing passes… I didn’t think he had that in his locker quite yet.
“The potential for this boy, he’s a good size, he’s like a boxer, he’s a strong powerful boy. Gareth [Southgate] must be rubbing his hands.”
The youngest goalscorer in Dortmund's history, Bellingham was voted 'Newcomer of the Season' by his fellow players in the Bundesliga last term.
He's now a regular in the England squad and has been capped 10 times for his country.
Bellingham has continually been linked with a move back to England but Dortmund are desperate to tie their No.22 to a new contract and even willing to sign his younger brother Jobe to get him to stay.
"He is a Borussia Dortmund player and remains a Borussia Dortmund player,” Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl told Sport1 regarding his future.
"There's a lot of interest around Jude Bellingham, not only Liverpool.
"But there is no bottom line and no exit clause. He is loved, he enjoys that. There are no signs he could leave Dortmund soon."
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