A conscientious and bright young man, Bellingham also attended mental health workshops as part of his academic schedule. The Ukrainian star posted videos on her Instagram story of herself and Monfils taking part in intense gym exercises, including mountain-climbers, squats and using medicine balls to work their core. He has won a plethora of trophies, including four La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, the World Cup and two European Championships. On Tuesday night in Turin, Ajax once again confounded all expectation by demolishing another of European football’s biggest names. Southgate officially axed his ranks down to name the final 26 players on Tuesday afternoon, and there was never really any doubt that Borussia Dortmund prodigy Bellingham would be safe from the culling. The German giants unveiled their kits on Tuesday for the 2018-19 campaign with the help of key players including Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Mats Hummels, who posed in the new shirts.
Everton are closing in on Uruguay striker Leandro Rodriguez from River Plate Montevideo. That’s why in general we are not killing each other over religion or the colour of our skins. Everton have hit an impasse with Dynamo Kiev over Andriy Yarmolenko though Kiev have lined up Vorksla Poltava’s winger, Artem Hromov as his possible replacement. Keen to hit the ground running, Bellingham got to work learning the language. Former coach Gary Rowett recalled chatting to Bellingham when he was 12. Underlining just how appreciated he was at the club. That allowed the club some wiggle room as Paratici secured another loan deal for Morata, while youngsters Weston McKennie and Federico Chiesa both arrived on season-long loan deals with a view to buy the following summer. Billed as the next Lilian Thuram, Mukiele joined Leipzig from Montpellier for eyebrow-raising £14m in the summer. There is only one direction his career is headed, and that’s into the stratosphere. One thing is investing money, but to do so against the set rules in place is different, you dumb noob. One of the few survivors from the class of 2014, he too believes that the current squad has the potential to blossom into tournament winners.
He doesn’t turn 18 until around halfway through the tournament this summer, although he is set for a big role under the glare of a nation. Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green is not set to receive one, however. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer posted a video of his gym work-out whilst using the Bundesliga trophy as a weight. The fact that Neuer is now back to his best form is only a reminder that Low should have solved the problem when he had the chance. Reports have emerged in Italy that United have been in touch with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over a return to Old Trafford from Juventus, a move that would significantly boost merchandise sales, despite the global icon being sponsored by Nike. Talks were held with Sampdoria over the weekend as president Massimo Ferrero flew in to London for a series of meetings, although there was a late show of interest from AC Milan also. Even then it’s hardly done in harmony even if there is success on the pitch, which led to Jose Mourinho leaving Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola deciding he had had enough at Barcelona. Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are all believed to have courted him.
All four teams in this group will believe they have enough substance to get out of it. Birmingham bid him a fond farewell, and even retired their No 22 shirt, the jersey Bellingham made his own, out of respect. Just 44 senior appearances into his career, Bellingham left the UK on a private jet bound for Germany. The legacy he has left behind there will never be forgotten, either. He first announced himself there aged 16 years and 38 days. He continued to work his way through Birmingham’s youth system as the years passed by, and went on to study sociology at A-level during his spare time away from the exhausting rigours of football. It didn’t take long for the world’s biggest clubs to start showing interest again, just like they had done just a few years before. His keen interest in immersing himself wholly in the sport likely stretches back to his family. Kristjaan Speakman, Birmingham’s former academy manager, revealed all to BBC Sport on Bellingham’s incredible knack of engaging his brain and using the challenges around him on his road to stardom. Xuandong Ren, the former chief executive at St Andrew’s, was also known to keep a close eye on Bellingham’s development, and at every turn there would be someone in the know waxing lyrical about his drive and potential.