The 17-year-old has not looked back ever since building his reputation as one of the world’s most exciting young prospects while at Birmingham.
Jude Bellingham has “the world at his feet”, says Kalvin Phillips as he showers praise on his young England teammate.
A number of European heavyweights lined up to secure the services of Bellingham after he enjoyed a breakthrough season with Birmingham City in 2019/20, with Borussia Dortmund winning the race to sign him.
The teenager joined Dortmund as the most expensive 17-year-old in history and lived up to the billing in his debut season at the club. Making 29 league appearances, he was crucial to BVB’s third-place finish in the Bundesliga table and was awarded the German top-flight’s Newcomer of the Season for 2020/21.
The midfielder was influential in his full debut for England in the 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday, and Philipps sees nothing but a bright future ahead of him.
The Leeds United man told talkSPORT of Bellingham: “No. I’ve definitely not (seen) a 17-year-old that is as talented as what he is.
“I don’t even think I am as talented as what he is to be honest with you. He is a great player, a great lad as well and he has got the world at his feet.
“Honestly, there are no words to describe how talented he is. As you can see throughout his career at Birmingham and then his move to Dortmund, which is a massive move for a kid so young.
“The way he has performed in certain games in the Champions League against Manchester City, just on the highest stage.
“It was like he was ready to be there already for a kid so young at 17, you look at him and you can’t quite believe that he’s 17 years old, you can’t believe because he’s so big, he’s so strong, so powerful.
“He’s a very nice lad as well so it’s nice to rub shoulders with a young lad who is doing so well and now the sky’s the limit for him.”