Updated May 28th, 2024 at 00:09 IST

'He said..': Jude Bellingham reveals what Jadon Sancho texted him ahead of Champions League final

Despite just one season together at Dortmund, their bond strengthened, with Sancho mentoring Bellingham in his early days in Germany.

Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho | Image:AP
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Jadon Sancho texted Jude Bellingham after Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League final matchup confirmation. Despite just one season together at Dortmund, their bond strengthened, with Sancho mentoring Bellingham in his early days in Germany.

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Jude Bellingham showers praise on Jadon Sancho

“Sancho is really very important for me. Not only because he comes from the same country as me. Or because he speaks the same language," Bellingham told Kicker magazine in 2020.

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"Even more important is how he puts his arm around me, but also around the other young players, how he encourages us in our abilities, how he gives us confidence.”

Bellingham added: "He is a great role model for English players of my age. To receive praise and encouragement from him means an awful lot to me. It helps me a lot."

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Following a successful stint at Dortmund, Bellingham's £88.5 million move to Real Madrid last summer has seen him thrive, netting 23 goals across all competitions. Now, facing former teammate Sancho, he aims to aid Los Blancos in their quest for a 15th European title. Ahead of Saturday's showdown at Wembley, Bellingham discussed various topics with Real Madrid TV, including a text message he received post-Los Blancos' qualification for the final with a second-leg win over Bayern Munich.

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Jude Bellingham reveals what Jadon Sancho texted him ahead of their Champions League clash

He said: "When we first got through [to the final], I got a little message from Jadon and he said, 'See you there'.

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"Jadon has been someone who has taken me under his wing when I first arrived at Dortmund. He's a really good guy and someone I've got a lot of time for."

Sancho is in his second stint at Dortmund, loaned from Manchester United in January. He's netted three goals under Edin Terzic's management.

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Published May 28th, 2024 at 00:09 IST