Jude Bellingham ‘rejected’ by major European club before Real Madrid move - here’s why

Jude Bellingham has emerged as one of world football’s most exciting young talents, but one major European club decided against signing him last summer

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French giants PSG reportedly rejected the chance to pursue a deal to sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham before his big money move to Real Madrid in the summer.

According to Le Parisien, the Ligue 1 side decided not to push ahead with a deal for the 20-year-old despite being approached by the former Birmingham City star’s entourage.

The report claims this was because PSG wated to give more opportunities to their 17-year-old midfield star Warren Zaire-Emery. The U21 France international went on to make 31 senior appearances for his club last season.

PSG appear to have changed their transfer strategy of signing big names after bringing in the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Neymar failed to bring them success in the Champions League.

Bellingham was wanted by many of Europe’s top clubs last summer, and went on to join Real Madrid in a deal worth around €137 million. He has already scored five goals in his first five games in Spain and has been named the La Liga player of the month for August.

Unusual way Bellingham could win 2023 Golden Boy by landslide

Elsewhere, Taylor Swift fans have proved that they are one of the most loyal and fiercest fan bases and could be highly influential in Real Madrid’s Bellingham winning the 2023 Golden Boy award in an unusual situation.

Due to his explosive start with the La Liga giants, and his exploits in Germany earlier in the year, he is in the running for the 2023 Golden Boy and many believe he has a great chance of winning the award.

Last year’s award was won by Barcelona wonderkid Gavi, and many believed the trophy could remain in Barcelona with attacking left wing back Alejandro Balde also in the running, with his performances propelling him in international notoriety.

However, his chances could be heavily hit by an angry mob of Taylor Swift fans, after the player admitted he isn’t really a fan of the popstars music with the comment recently going viral. Taylor Swift fans, affectionately known as ‘Swifties’, have now launched a social media campaign against Balde after he said “Do I like Taylor Swift? No, I don’t like her music.”

Unhappy with his comments against Swift, fans decided to vote in numbers in favour of Bellingham for the 2023 Golden Boy. By midnight on Wednesday, the English midfielder’s vote count reportedly rose from 30 percent to 89 percent, as per Tribuna.