Jude Bellingham, the 20-year-old midfielder, has revealed that he received a message from former Real Madrid star David Beckham after completing his move to the Spanish giants. Bellingham joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund last month for a fee of 103 million euros (£88.5m).
Beckham joined in 2003 signings alongside the likes of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane, as a part of the Galacticos-era. The midfielder played a total of 155 games for Los Blancos, scoring 20 goals and providing 52 assists winning La Liga in his final campaign in Spain, before moving to LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
Bellingham said that Beckham, who spent four years at the Bernabeu between 2003 and 2007, wished him "all the best" and offered him some advice on how to adapt to life in Spain. "David Beckham messaged me briefly to wish me all the best," Bellingham told the PA news agency.
"It is one of those moves where everyone has their input from the outside so you do hear a lot of things and advice, I am quite good at filtering out the good from the bad, so far it has been really positive from ex-players,” the midfielder added.
Bellingham also mentioned that he might get in touch with other former British players who have played for Real Madrid. "I will try and take that on board and at some point maybe get in touch with them and see how they adapted to life in Spain," he said.
The young star also said that he has started learning Spanish on his phone, using an app to build on his vocabulary. The British player said that he studied Spanish at school until year 9, but wished he had continued with it.
Bellingham, who made his England debut last year, is expected to wear the number 10 shirt at Real Madrid next season, as manager Carlo Ancelotti reshapes his squad. Bellingham will be looking forward to playing with some of the best players in the world and competing for trophies.