Andros Townsend has implored Jude Bellingham to ignore the potential approaches of Chelsea and any other Premier League sides.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Townsend told the teenager to remain at Borussia Dortmund for at least another few seasons.

Bellingham may be aware of the grand attention he is receiving from not only England, but from across Europe as well.

Most of the heavy hitters are said to be in for his signature, with Todd Boehly reportedly very firmly part of the jostling pack.

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Is Chelsea the right place for Bellingham?

Returning to Britain feels like a logical step in the sparkling story of England’s young prodigy.

It’s where he began his footballing journey with Birmingham City, before heading to the Bundesliga as a 17-year-old.

Yet, despite the romance surrounding a reunion with English football, Townsend warned Bellingham of the possible pitfalls.

“Id say stay there a bit longer, because if he comes to the Premier League he will be £150m. Bellingham scores goals but his main quality isn’t scoring goals,” said the Everton winger.

“He’ll come to the Premier League for £150m, the media, everyone is going to expect him to score goals. When he doesn’t do that, even when he’s playing well, they are going to be on his back.

“We are going to have a Jack Grealish situation. For me, stay in Germany, do what you’re doing any maybe further along the line come back.”

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Grealish an example for Bellingham

Grealish might not have left the country, but he too exchanged Birmingham for the Champions League in a deal that might be overshadowed if Bellingham moved to Chelsea.

He swapped Aston Villa for Manchester City last summer for £100m, a British football history record.

After being the main man and eventually named captain at Villa, being a cog in a grander plan seemed to shackle some of Grealish’s powers.

City’s number ten faced criticism for not managing to reproduce his form from the previous club.

A lot was expected of him due to the huge price tag, and he’s been battling against such a title ever since.

Bellingham will go for even more money, and thus the expectations will rise even higher.

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Until he is here at Chelsea, or another of their league rivals, who knows if the Dortmund star can shine in new surroundings.

He’s certainly doing so at the World Cup, so anything is possible for the England ace.

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.