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Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler is anxious that Jude Bellingham could also be inspired by his former teammate Steve McManaman to decide on Real Madrid as his next club over the Reds. Bellingham is a person in high demand following his superb recent performances for Borussia Dortmund and England.

The 19-year-old midfielder looks almost certain for a big-money move within the near future, with practically every elite club around Europe sniffing around his signature. Bellingham already has experience of playing abroad following his decision to snub Manchester United in favour of Dortmund back in 2020.

And McManaman is one other player who thrived by leaving England, occurring to go away Liverpool for Real, where he played for 4 seasons between 1999-2003 and won two Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles.

Chatting with The Mirror, Fowler suggested that Bellingham may find the lure of the white Madrid shirt too tempting to show down if he is obtainable the chance to ply his trade on the Bernabeu. “Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United would all like to bring Borussia Dortmund’s good midfielder ‘home’ to the Premier League,” he said.

“However the news that Real Madrid even have designs on taking Bellingham off Dortmund’s hands has added one other tantalising twist to the plot. Madrid are said to be “confident” that they are going to win the race, in accordance with the most recent reports from Spain. But they’d think that, wouldn’t they? In any case, they’re Real Madrid and are used to getting what they need.

“But the fact is that the irresistible lure of wearing that gleaming all-white kit on the Bernabeu every other week is far more than simply one other footballing cliche. I saw how my mate Steve McManaman had his head turned by the possibility to maneuver to Madrid back in 1999.

“Steve loved playing for Liverpool. They might have given him a contract for all times to remain at Anfield. But when Real made their play it was a game-changer. Steve knew it was a proposal he couldn’t refuse – and he spent the subsequent 4 years winning Champions League and La Liga titles playing alongside Galacticos like Ronaldo, Zidane, Figo, Raul and Eto’o.”

Fowler also thinks Bellingham can learn so much from the best way McManaman threw himself into the Spanish culture if he desires to be successful at Madrid. “The important thing to Steve’s success was that he embraced every part – from the Spanish language and culture to learning concerning the glorious history of his latest club,” he added.

“He became a hugely popular figure in a dressing room stuffed with megastars. And that’s why Bellingham’s spectacular development at Dortmund has been so impressive. Steve was 27 when he went to Spain. He was a seasoned England international at the height of his powers who knew what was required to settle right into a dressing room filled with top players because he had spent a decade at Anfield.

“Bellingham moved to Germany barely a 12 months after leaving school. But he opened himself up fully to a latest language and lifestyle off the pitch. And the eagerness he has shown wearing Dortmund’s famous yellow shirt has made him a hero with the club’s fanatical supporters. Bellingham would improve any team on this planet.”

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