Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham needs to be “wary” about choosing his next move – which should not be to Chelsea – according to former Blues defender Frank Sinclair.
Bellingham has burst onto the scene in English football in his breakthrough season in the Championship and has attracted reported interest from the Premier League and beyond.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been most strongly linked with a move for the 16-year-old, who was reportedly taken on a tour around United’s Carrington training complex last month.
Elsewhere in Europe, Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with interest, with the dates for the upcoming transfer window flexible due to the current, enforced break.
While Chelsea have also been mentioned as a potential destination, Sinclair told GentingBet that the midfielder would struggle to earn game time at Stamford Bridge.
“He has to think about playing games, getting better and improving as a player – which I think will be very difficult for him to do at Chelsea,” the pundit said.
“You look at the youngsters coming through the ranks at Chelsea and you’d say that there are better players coming through the academy than Bellingham anyway.
“So, if he is going to move on from Birmingham and kick on at a higher level, it is really important that he goes to a club where he can play week in, week out as that’s the only way he’ll improve and fulfil the potential that he’s got.
“I think Bellingham needs to be very wary of his next move.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has instilled an impressive policy of youth development in his first season with Chelsea, promoting Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori to the first team.
Billy Gilmour, 18, followed by catching the eye shortly before the season was halted, while Lampard also gave first-team debuts to Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja in the recent 4-0 win over Everton.