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    Manchester United offered ´twice as much´ as rivals for Bellingham, reveals former Birmingham City c

    Manchester United offered Jude Bellingham twice the nearest offer when he was at Birmingham City, but still missed out on the midfielder.

    The teenager left the West Midlands side to join Borussia Dortmund in 2020 and has since enjoyed meteoric rise, earning both the Bundesliga club captaincy and full England honors.

    After a string of strong performances in the World Cups, Bellingham could now face top European rivals next year, with Liverpool and Real Madrid linked with his signature.

    But former Birmingham boss Xuandong Ren revealed that United had previously aggressively pursued the 19-year-old when he was in the lower English leagues, ultimately failing with a package to convince their target.

    “[Former managing director] Ed Woodward was the most persistent,” he told Mundo Deportivo. “We sat down and talked about how we can convince Bellingham.

    Manchester United offered twice as much as other clubs. [chasing him]. They even took him to [former manager Alex] Ferguson, [Eric] Canton and [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer.

    “But Jude didn’t make any decisions based on money. They offered a much higher salary compared to the rest, maybe twice. He was going to be guaranteed millions in the bank, and he didn’t take them.

    “This is not normal for a player. It was a difficult position because I wanted to respect his decision. We promised that we would let him make the decision because of his loyalty to us.”

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