Guardiola spent hours trying to convince Bellingham to join him at Man City

Pep Guardiola spent three hours trying to convince Jude Bellingham to join Manchester City before the England star moved to Real Madrid this summer.

Bellingham’s move from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid is shaping up to be one of the hottest transfers of the summer transfer window, but it has been revealed there was drama behind the scenes with City making a late move for the player, an offer that included a huge high for Dortmund and a higher salary for the player.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser reports that City’s bold move involved a three-hour conversation between Guardiola and Bellingham, during which the City manager tried to convince the midfielder that a move to the Premier League would be a better option and that City was at a better stage of development than Madrid.

Ultimately, Bellingham was determined to move to Spain despite the English club’s more lavish offer. Guardiola respected the decision and wished both Bellingham and Real Madrid luck with the transfer.

So far this season, the English midfielder has proven that he has the ability to leave his mark on Los Blancos history, being decisive in many matches with goals and assists.

Bellingham will be looking to continue their form as England host Italy at Wembley on Tuesday in a EURO 2024 qualifier.