Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is the latest star to heap praise on teenage prodigy Jude Bellingham, calling the England international the ‘most mature 18-year-old’ he has played with and is heading to the 'very top'.
Bellingham has been on fire this season and, despite only turning 18 in June during Euro 2020, has already made over 100 senior appearances for club and country in his career to date.
Last week it was Erling Haaland labelling the midfielder ‘amazing’ after Dortmund’s Champions League win over Besiktas. This time it was Hummel’s turn to speak glowingly about him after BVB beat Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
In Hummels’ eyes, Bellingham even surpasses Mario Gotze, who burst onto the scene at Dortmund as an 18-year-old in 2010 and immediately helped the club win successive Bundesliga titles.
"Mario Gotze was already a magnificent footballer at that age, he took his football very seriously. But Jude is the most mature 18-year-old player I've ever seen. He's already a leader and also one of the most vocal in the team” Hummels said – Bundesliga.com.
“He's a fantastic footballer, and a fantastic guy. I think I've told him about 25 times now that I just love him. He's on his way to the very top, there's no doubt about that.”
Haaland said last week, “He’s 18 – three years younger than me – it’s crazy! What can I say? He’s amazing. He is 18-years-old and plays so incredibly well. He is fantastic.”
As a result of his impressive form for club and country over an extended period, Bellingham is among the favourites to win the 2021 Golden Boy award as the best young player in Europe alongside Barcelona and Spain talent Pedri.