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Madrid's Bellingham poised to make difference vs. Man City



I don't think that this is particularly widely known or properly understood, but Jude Bellingham was always "scheduled" to be playing in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Only it was supposed to be for Manchester City against Real Madrid instead of Bellingham traveling to England's north-west with Spain's champions-elect this week.

It was January last year that I had coffee with an unimpeachable Manchester City source who, when pushed and prompted, admitted that while City might do some ancillary trading during summer 2023, there were only two absolute "must-buy" targets -- Joško Gvardiol and Bellingham.