Report: Chelsea handed a blow as 'phenomenal' target signs four-year deal with current club

Chelsea may have to wait even longer to make a move for Jude Bellingham as he prepares to be tied down by Borussia Dortmund until 2025.

According to the Sun, Dortmund will offer the teenager a shiny new four-year deal on his birthday tomorrow.

Bellingham only signed for the German side last summer, but has clearly impressed his suitors enough to earn such an extension.

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This might come as a blow to Chelsea, who have highlighted the midfielder as a long-term transfer project, according to EuroSport.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Liverpool have also been tipped as potential suitors, as they look to replace Georginio Wignaldum.

Of course, they could both still move in for the England youngster before his contract expires, but that will be costly.

His stock is only going to increase over time, as he continues to take extra strides that very few of a similar age have managed.

At just 17, he played 46 times for Dortmund last season and helped them win the DFB-Pokal.

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He is also a full England international, having already appeared at the European Championships.

Gareth Southgate is a big Bellingham fan, calling him ‘phenomenal’ and ‘hugely exciting’ in a press conference covered by talkSPORT.  

Whilst the BVB star isn’t available, Chelsea can focus their efforts on buying one of his teammates.

Erling Haaland is still top of Roman Abramovich’s wish list and seems slightly more attainable at the moment than Bellingham.

But only just, as the Bundesliga outfit attempt to hold onto both of their prized possessions.

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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.