Dortmund sign Jude Bellingham

BERLIN (AFP) – English teenager Jude Bellingham has joined Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund from English Championship side Birmingham City, the German club announced yesterday.

The 17-year-old has signed a “long-term contract” and is to join the first team squad from July 30, Dortmund said in a statement.

The transfer fee is reported to be around EUR22 million.

“I can’t thank Birmingham City enough for what they have done for me, not just this past year but since the age of seven,” said Bellingham. “However, I’m incredibly excited to have joined one of Europe’s biggest clubs. The direction they are heading in and how much they help to improve young players made it an easy decision for myself and my family.”