Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that he will hold talks with Chelsea transfer target Jude Bellingham over his future at Borussia Dortmund once the 2022 World Cup is over.
Chelsea are keen on signing Bellingham next summer and have reportedly made contact with the midfielder but face competition from Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Speaking to Bild-TV, Watzke said of Bellingham’s situation: “I think as soon as Qatar is over, we’re going to have a basic conversation about what he actually wants.
“With him, with his parents, with whom we have a very close relationship and of course with his advisor. And then he should just tell us whether he wants to stay or whether he wants to go. Either way, we’ll discuss it pleasantly and reasonably.
“But we don’t have to pretend that the topic isn’t on the table. When the really big ones are there, we can’t afford to fight financially either.
“Jude is a wonderful boy who also has his fluctuations – we’ve seen that now but he is certainly one of the greatest talents in European football.”
Bellingham joined Dortmund from Birmingham City in 2020. His contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in the summer of 2025.