'Started watching Chelsea': Reported Blues target says he's been keeping an eye on Tuchel's team

Borussia Dortmund gem Jude Bellingham has admitted he’s tuned into a few Chelsea games this season.

Speaking on the England YouTube channel, Bellingham revealed his minor Blues allegiance during a ‘Roommates’ video with Reece James.

The two young talents became friends on the international scene, forming an almost brotherly relationship.

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If it were down to Chelsea, the pair would be more than just national team colleagues.

According to Eurosport, the Stamford Bridge chain of command have Bellingham firmly on their radar.

He’s certainly a player the Blues hierarchy would love to sign in the future, even if Dortmund have no plans to sell the teenager any time soon.

However, Dortmund boss Marco Rose may be a tad concerned to hear who the 18-year-old has been watching during his leisure periods.

“To be fair, I’ve started watching Chelsea a little bit more because he’s (James) playing so I can banter him about it after,” said Bellingham.

“He’s started the season really well.”

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This, of course, means little in the grand scheme of things. Footballers watch other footballers, that’s no surprise.

But if Chelsea were looking for even the slightest marginal advantage in their pursuit of Bellingham, this could be it.

Perhaps Roman Abramovich will ask James to have a quiet word in the English starlet’s ear.

However, the Blues owner may be best served speaking to his Dortmund equivalent in an attempt to lower the player’s potential fee.

Bellingham could cost upwards of £100 million (Eurosport), a price that will only increase if his trajectory keeps rocketing upwards.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.