Lebouef amazed by WC display of hard-working player linked with Chelsea

'Everything I want to see': Frank Lebeouf amazed by hard-working player Chelsea want to sign at the World Cup

Frank Lebeouf was amazed by the World Cup performance yesterday of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, who’s reportedly on the transfer radar of Chelsea.

England hammered Iran on Monday with a 6-2 victory to begin their World Cup tournament in style.

Bellingham, 19, scored the opener against Iran with a great header, which was his first senior goal for his country.

The box-to-box midfielder was a colossal presence in the centre of the park for England, with Reece James among those to react positively to his individual performance on the biggest stage.

Incidentally, Chelsea duo Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount both impressed after joining Bellingham in England’s starting XI.

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Jude Bellingham performance

ESPN pundit and former Chelsea player Lebouef thinks that hard-working Bellingham has all the traits of a top midfielder.

When asked what he likes about Bellingham, Leboeuf told ESPN: “Everything. His commitment to the team. He does what he has to do and he does extra, that’s where you appreciate a player.

“He pleased me a lot during that game because I saw everything I want to see from a midfield player.”

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According to ESPN, Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly does want to sign Bellingham and bring him to the club.

If Boehly helps pull this off, he’ll become a major favourite with supporters at Stamford Bridge.

Bellingham’s potential and current ability should mean he’s got all the best teams in the world vying for his signature, but let’s see which sides actually emerge as frontrunners.

The worry for any potential buyers is that a stellar World Cup should only allow Dortmund to ramp up a price tag even higher. Fabrizio Romano claimed last month that Bellingham may cost as much as £135million.

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