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Bundesliga club – Borussia Dortmund and Birmingham have reached an agreement for the purchase of teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham for an undisclosed fee.

“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,” the 17-year-old midfielder told the club’s official website.

“Of course I wish everyone associated with the club nothing but the best. Once a blue always a blue.”

“I’m incredibly excited to have joined one of Europe’s biggest clubs,” Bellingham said.

“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.

“I can’t wait to perform in front of all the fans when they are back inside one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world.”

Birmingham Chief Executive, Dong Ren also expressed his delight about how the handled the lad through his development stages.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Jude develop into the player he is today and he will go down in the history of this club.

“We have always understood that such a talent would be coveted by some of the world’s biggest sides and I wish to thank Jude and his family for the way in which they have handled this situation.

“I also wish to personally thank the staff at the club, and particularly those within our academy, who have worked alongside Jude over the last eight years. A lot of effort, time and love goes in to developing a player like Jude and it is important to acknowledge the role that each and every individual has played in supporting the player we see in front of us today.”

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