Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has claimed Jude Bellingham finds it easier to play for Real Madrid than his former club Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham joined Los Blancos from Borussia Dortmund in the summer for €103million (£88.5m), with add-ons taking the deal to £115m.
Bellingham has impressed since joining Real Madrid, scoring 13 goals in just 14 appearances.
“He plays differently. At Dortmund, he was the leader and being so young it was a lot of pressure to carry,” Matthaus told The Daily Mail.
“At [Real] Madrid, they have seven or eight other players of similar quality to Bellingham, although of a different type.”
“It is easier for him to play for Real Madrid than for Dortmund, because his teammates play better, although I am surprised by the number of goals he is scoring,” the 62-year-old added.
Bellingham was recently crowned winner of the 2023 Golden Boy award, given to the best under-21 player in Europe’s top flight.