Jude Bellingham rejected Manchester United because they couldn't promise he'd be 'a first-team player'

Manchester United target Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 07, 2023 in Madrid, Spain.
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Jude Bellingham turned down Manchester United offering him a move, with the Red Devils failing to give any assurances of how often he'd play.

That's according to former Manchester United captain, Rio Ferdinand, who says that he's heard from "a very good source" that Bellingham was in discussions with his former club. The England international has since moved onto Real Madrid, where he has netted 13 in his first 13 – and put himself as the outright favourite for the 2024 Ballon d'Or.

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Mark White
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Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.