Jude Bellingham urged to reject Manchester United transfer after Sir Alex Ferguson talks

Jude Bellingham has been urged to reject Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United target Jude Bellingham has been urged to reject a transfer move to Old Trafford after holding talks with club legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Red Devils have emerged as the frontrunners to sign 16-year-old Bellingham, who became Birmingham City’s youngest ever first-team player at the start of the season.

Bellingham, a dynamic box-to-box midfielder, has made 35 appearances for Championship side Birmingham so far this season and is also attracting interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester United are desperate to win the race to secure his signature, however, and had legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson meet Bellingham and his parents at Carrington this week.

Bellingham is said to have been impressed by the lengths Manchester United went to in order to win his approval but has nevertheless been warned about joining the club by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.

Jordan told talkSPORT: ‘I’m not sure about this.

‘A young player of 16 years old, I know he’s prodigious talent and I know people are talking about him in the same way they talked about Wayne Rooney.

Sir Alex Ferguson met the 16-year-old midfielder at United’s training ground (Picture: Getty)

‘But I had a kid at Crystal Palace who was talked about in this fashion called John Bostock, who made a move to a supposedly bigger club at that time in Tottenham, against the advice of most of the sensible people around him.

‘He didn’t play for Harry [Redknapp], his career has gone to the left field and he’s now coming back into English football with Nottingham Forest 10 or 12 years after the event.

‘Look, Bellingham is a prodigious talent but making a move at 16 and going to a club like Manchester United that is in a transition period, he’s unlikely to get first team football.

‘Wilfried Zaha couldn’t do it at 19, and this kid is 16 going into that environment. Whilst I understand the dynamics of it, I’m also troubled by it to some extent.’

Manchester United face LASK on Thursday evening but the Europa League clash will take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who are currently fifth in the Premier League, then return to domestic action on Sunday with a trip to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

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