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‘No new talks’ on Jude Bellingham extension, says Dortmund’s Sebastian Kehl




Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said on Monday he hoped midfielder Jude Bellingham would remain with the team, but confirmed there had been no extension talks with the teenager. Speaking with German tabloid Bild, Kehl revealed Dortmund have yet to receive any requests for the English midfielder. “Jude feels very comfortable at Borussia Dortmund. But there are no new talks, let alone any requests for him.

“We need Jude to achieve his goals this season and we are pleased that he is so focused on football and has no other issues on his mind at the moment.”

Bellingham, who captained the side in their 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday, continues to impress at Dortmund and is rumored to be attracting the interest of a number of top European clubs.

Kehl, who previously said he knew it would be difficult to keep Bellingham, said he hoped the teenager would stay at Dortmund longer.

“Jude still has two years on his contract (until the summer of 2025) and he is a very important part of this team. Of course, I wish he would play longer with Dortmund.”

Dortmund have won eight of eight in all competitions in 2023, moving to the top of the Bundesliga table alongside Bayern Munich and Union Berlin on Sunday.

Kehl told Bild discussions were underway regarding contract extensions for in-form midfielder Julian Brandt as well as co-captains Mats Hummels and Marco Reus.

Kehl, however, said that the contract of midfielder Mo Dahoud, who is currently in his final six months, would not be extended.

“I had a very open and honest conversation with Mo last week. I informed him that we will not be extending his contract in the summer.”

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