Wayne Rooney reveals what can dim Jude Bellingham's star after perfect Real Madrid start

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FOOTBALL Wayne Rooney reveals what can dim Jude Bellingham's star after perfect Real Madrid start

Mark Kinyanjui 07:32 - 20.10.2023

The 20-year-old midfielder has taken his game to a completely new level since joining Real Madrid in the summer, but Wayne Rooney has revealed concern about it.

Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney believes Jude Bellingham is on his way to becoming one of football’s greatest players, but will need protecting.

The Real Madrid star has taken his game to the next level this season, scoring goals for fun in the tip of a diamond midfield, which has underpinned his completeness as a player.

Rooney is now in charge of Birmingham, where Bellingham was molded as a footballer. He believes the sky is the limit for the former Blues prodigy but warns that he must be supported properly when difficult times come.

“Jude has the potential to be one of the best if not the best if he keeps going the way he is going,”  said former England skipper Rooney, who won 120 caps. 

“We have to really support him because in my eyes he is a future captain of England.

“He has really impressed with how he handles himself, how he speaks, how he is on the pitch. He plays as a leader already at 20. He is someone we need to protect and look after for the future of England.

“It's difficult for a young player when you have a dip in form or issues off the pitch, it's difficult to blank that noise out. He's at Real Madrid. One bad game, they can be on you.

“There's a lot of pressure playing for England as well so it's important he is close to the people around him and simplifies things. He's in the form of his life. If he does dip, let's all get behind him.

“He is 20 but he has probably had the career of a 24-25-year-old with the number of big games he's played.

“The most important thing for him is to enjoy it and keep enjoying it.”

Rooney will take charge of his first game at Birmingham on Saturday, against Middlesbrough - with his former Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick in the opposite dugout. 

The pair remain close friends and Rooney revealed Carrick consulted him before deciding to take the Boro job. 

“We have special memories of our playing days but I want to beat him. 

“I don't want to see him smiling at 5pm on Saturday. But of course there is great respect and it would be nice to have a good chat after the game, whatever the result.”