'Hey Jude': Borussia Dortmund squad welcome new signing Bellingham with rendition of Beatles classic

Bundesliga side pay English second-tier club Birmingham a reported fee of €22 million for midfielder

Dienstag 07.07.2020, 1. Fussball - Bundesliga Saison 20/21 - in Dortmund, Jude Bellingham (BVB) besucht Dortmund und das Stadion, Copyright: Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA Rheinlanddamm 207-209 44137 Dortmund
Dienstag 07.07.2020, 1. Fussball - Bundesliga Saison 20/21 - in Dortmund, Jude Bellingham (BVB) besucht Dortmund und das Stadion, Copyright: Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA Rheinlanddamm 207-209 44137 Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund welcomed their new teenage signing Jude Bellingham with the squad serenading the English youngster with a rendition of Beatles classic Hey Jude.

Bellingham, 17, joined the Bundesliga runners-up from English Championship side Birmingham city on a "long-term contract", Dortmund said, and is to join the first team squad from July 30.

No financial details of the sale have been released but both British and German media reported the transfer fee is worth €22 million (Dh92.3m).

"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."

Midfielder Bellingham has long been linked with a move to Dortmund, having impressed at Championship side Birmingham over the past 12 months.

He became the club's youngest first-team debutant last August, and has since made three appearances for England Under 17s.

Dortmund will hope their newest English recruit will have the same impact as their last one, Jadon Sancho, whose performances have seen him gain England recognition and develop into one of the Bundesliga's most potent forward players under Lucien Favre.

"Jude has enormous potential, and we want to help him develop in the coming years," said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

Updated: July 20, 2020 03:31 PM

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