Birmingham City manager, Pep Clotet, has issued Manchester United with a warning to expect competition in their pursuit to sign 16-year old wonderkid, Jude Bellingham.
United remain firm favourites to sign midfield hot-prospect, Bellingham, this summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to bolster his options in the middle of the pitch.
According to stat providers, Sofa Score, the English midfielder has made 32 appearances for Birmingham City in the Championship this season. The young talent has netted four times and provided a further two assists.
More impressively, Bellingham has shown both his defensive and offensive qualities by creating, on average, 3 key chances per game and 2.3 tackles per game.
As reported by Manchester Evening News, United look set to compete for Bellingham’s signature against Chelsea and German side, Borussia Dortmund.
Solskjaer has reportedly made Bellingham assurances that he could be set for an immediate first team role should he opt to join the Reds, as per talkSPORT.
However, Birmingham City manager, Pep Clotet, has since spoken out and warned United to expect further competition in the race to lure Bellingham from his current Midlands based side.
“Because of the current situation we have now, we possibly think we’ll be competing and playing games until July,” Clotet told Sky Sports.
“We are very focused on the present and there’s so much uncertainty in this situation that it’s very difficult to start thinking about next season”
Clotet went onto say: “What I’m very happy about now is that Jude is here with us and all the players are here with us as well.
”We focus on that really, but I understand there’s going to be more speculation when the games do come back.
“As a head coach, I don’t deal with transfers, it’s the club. But I can imagine the situation has all the clubs very worried about how to finish this season and what impact this season has into next season.
“That can change a lot of the future of the clubs. Possibly it’s going to be a busy summer, possibly it’s going to be less busy, we still don’t know what impact it will have,” he concluded.