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Jude Bellingham says the decision to snub Manchester United was "quite easy" after visiting the Red Devils' training complex.
Manchester United rolled out the red carpet for the teenage sensation last summer as Bellingham neared the exit at Birmingham.
The Red Devils organised a meeting between Bellingham and legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson on the day, with the serial Premier League winner taking the youngster on a guided tour of the Carrington facilities.
Bellingham was no doubt thoroughly impressed with what Man United could offer him and he was strongly linked with a transfer to Old Trafford at the time.
But the England international surprised the world when he snubbed the Red Devils and instead left England for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
Jude Bellingham's stunning form for Dortmund earned him an England call-up
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Bellingham said: "To be fair, it was a decision that was quite easy in the end.
"I think if you look at Dortmund's track record with young players and the way they develop them, it was the obvious answer.
"Obviously at the time it's hard to see it like that because you've got so many other options.
"But my strength of character, I'd probably say it comes from my parents and stuff.
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"In terms of the decision I made, I had all their support throughout the whole way so I was quite comfortable in making it."
Bellingham hit the ground running in Germany and made 46 appearances in all competitions for BVB last season, winning the German Cup final in the process.
His stunning form earned him an England call-up for the European Championship and he came on for Harry Kane in the Three Lions' opening 1-0 win over Croatia, where he came up against Luka Modric and found himself in the wars.
"I got a bang to the head as well that really hurt but I was just trying to do my job," said Bellingham, ahead of the Scotland game.
"I was thinking 'Don't you dare let them get back in the game while you're on the pitch' so every ball that was there to be won, I just tried to go through it and get it back for us.
"[Modric] was probably the highlight for them, he had a really good game. You're watching him from the sideline thinking 'How would I approach it coming against him?'
"In a minute, you're against him and you kind of just have to work it out as you're on the job. I thought I'd done alright so I've just to keep it going."