Real Madrid star welcomes Bellingham with ‘career death’ Hazard warning as six-year deal confirmed

Will Ford
Liverpool target Bellingham

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has welcomed Jude Bellingham to the club by reminding the England star that “another player” (otherwise known as Eden Hazard) “basically let his career die” after a similar big-money move.

Madrid have now announced the signing of Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund – with the midfielder agreeing a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.

The 19-year-old moved to Germany from boyhood club Birmingham in 2020 but has long dreamt of playing for the LaLiga giants.

Dortmund confirmed in a statement last week that Real have agreed to pay an initial 103m euros (£88.5m) to land Bellingham.

Now Real have confirmed the deal is complete, with Bellingham – who was not included in England’s squad for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia due to injury – set to be unveiled on Thursday.

“Real Madrid CF and Borussia Dortmund have agreed on the transfer of the player Jude Bellingham, who will remain linked to our club for the next six seasons,” their statement read.

“Tomorrow, Thursday, June 15, at 12:00 noon at Real Madrid City, the presentation ceremony for Jude Bellingham as a new Real Madrid player will take place.

“After, Jude Bellingham will appear before the media.”

Bellingham will battle Kroos for a starting spot in Madrid’s midfield and the German, perhaps with that upcoming rivalry in mind, warned the teenager that the high transfer fee could prove to be a burden.

Without naming Hazard, Kroos as good as identified the former Chelsea star as the player who “let his career die” in his time in the Spanish capital.

Kroos said on his podcast: “We had another player who came for a lot of money and basically let his career die. It was a lot of money, I think everyone would say that wasn’t a good transfer. But let’s be positive.”

Bellingham was recently named Bundesliga Player of the Season after his starring role for Dortmund, who missed out on the title in agonising fashion on the final day of the campaign.

He has long been keen on a move to the 14-time European champions and recently said that he sees the Champions League as “the biggest stage”.

“The goal has always been winning,” he told the PA news agency last month.

“When you ask me what my biggest ambitions are in the game, it’s to win everything. And I’m not afraid to say that.

“Everyone should have that goal I feel like as professional footballers.”

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