Roy Keane turned unusually upbeat whilst lavishing Jude Bellingham with praise, a player apparently firmly on the transfer radar of Chelsea.
Speaking on ITV after England’s empathic 10-0 obliteration of San Marino last night, Keane couldn’t help but barrage Bellingham with compliments.
The Borussia Dortmund starlet started and finished the match in the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle.
Although he failed to etch his name onto the scoresheet – a VAR intervention stopped him from doing so – the 18-year-old did more than enough to wow the watching world.
Something the midfielder has been doing regularly this season in a Dortmund shirt.
Three goals and seven assists already for the German side, who are pushing Bayern Munich for their Bundesliga title.
Spearheaded by Erling Haaland, BVB are looking upon their two generational talents to bring them silverware success.
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Gareth Southgate may also have high hopes for Bellingham at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as the Three Lions boss can now properly plan for the upcoming tournament.
Roy loves the BVB boy
“We love everything about him. What he’s doing on the pitch,” said Keane about the England teenager.
“The way he speaks off of it. He’s playing week in, week out for his club. The potential for this kid, it is scary.
“I saw him recently playing for Dortmund in a Champions League game and he was producing passes where I was like I didn’t think he had that in his locker just yet.
“The potential for this kid. He’s a good size, he looks like a boxer. Gareth must be rubbing his hands.”
Chelsea have reportedly been rubbing their hands gleefully as well over Bellingham’s continued class.
Although the claims have died down recently, there were suggestions in September that the Blues had their eyes on Dortmund star prize.
The player didn’t help to douse these rumours by admitting he had watched Chelsea several times this term.
It certainly looks like a possible deal to keep an eye on in the future, and one which the Stamford Bridge crowd could get very excited about when the transfer window reopens.