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World Cup: He’s clever, intelligent, ready for EPL – Former Manchester City star De Jong hails England star

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Former Manchester City star, Nigel de Jong, has heaped praises on England midfielder Jude Bellingham.

De Jong said Bellingham is clever, intelligent and ready for the English Premier League.

Bellingham, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund, scored England’s first goal in their 6-2 win over Iran on Monday.

He is expected to leave Dortmund in the summer with Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, and other top European clubs interested in signing the 19-year-old.

“I think [he is ready for the Premier League] as well, but I would prefer him to go to Bayern Munich because that is the extra step in the development of a player, structure-wise but also playing for the big prizes,” De Jong told ITV.

He added, “When it comes down to the humility that he has but also the cleverness and intelligence that he has, knowing what it takes in order to be the best midfielder in the world.

“And I think he is the hottest prospect [in Europe] – especially after this World Cup! He is going to be the hottest prospect.”

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