Jude Bellingham: Atletico Madrid Legend Praises Midfielder Ahead of Madrid Derby

Jude Bellingham: Atletico Madrid Legend Praises Midfielder Ahead of Madrid Derby

Ero Samson
September 22, 2023 at 12:13 PM
  • Atletico Madrid hosts rivals Real Madrid in the first Madrid Derby of the season
  • Jude Bellingham has been in flying form since completing a move to Los Blancos
  • An Atletico Madrid legend has hailed the Real Madrid midfielder as 'surprising'

Real Madrid's new signing, Jude Bellingham continues to dominate the headlines since completing his record €103 million transfer from German club, Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year-old midfielder has slotted perfectly into Carlo Ancelotti's side and continued his impressive run of form in front of goal.

Bellingham's last-gasp strike was enough to get Los Blancos off on the right foot in the UEFA Champions League.

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Jude Bellingham has attracted praise from Atletico Madrid's icon Diego Godin. Image: Florencia Tan Jun.
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Attention has now shifted toward La Liga this weekend, which is heralded by the Madrid Derby between Los Blancos and cross-city rivals, Atletico Madrid.

Many wonder what the fixture holds as it would be Bellingham's first visit to the Civitas Metropolitano Stadium in the colours of Real Madrid.

Former Atletico captain, Diego Godin spoke with Spanish outlet, Cadena Ser recently to give his take on the midfielder ahead of the Madrid derby.

Diego Godin applauds Jude Bellingham

The 37-year-old former Uruguay captain, who called time on his career in July, was quizzed about his thoughts on the new Real Madrid signing.

"Jude Bellingham has surprised me. Adapting so well, scoring so many goals. The truth is that he has surprised me a lot," Godin admitted.

This praise is a testament to the young midfielder's impact since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Every gaze will surely be fixed on Bellingham as he takes to the stage against Deigo Simeone's men, who are expected to line up their traditional 'low block', as witnessed against Serie A side, Lazio in the Champions League on Tuesday.

As reported by WhoScored, the midfielder is expected to be the focal point of Real Madrid's attack alongside Rodrygo and Joselu Marto, who continues to deputise for the injured Vinicius Jr.

Jude Bellingham makes bold admission

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Bellingham becoming a Real Madrid favourite after finding the back of the net six times in as many games for Los Blancos.

The 20-year-old star English midfielder spoke with the media following his amazing display on his UEFA Champions League debut with his new Spanish side.

Bellingham, who was named La Liga Player of the Month for August in his first month at Real Madrid, also picked up the Player of the Match prize on the night.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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