He’s arguably the most important voice in the whole debate.
Other than perhaps the player himself, but he’s certainly near the top of the tree.
With the latest news surrounding Jude Bellingham having Manchester United bidding £30m for his services, Blues boss Pep Clotet has given his view on the transfer that has more or less dominated the agenda when it comes to Birmingham City this January.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the game with Coventry City, the Spaniard preferred to speak about what is happening on the pitch with the 16-year-old rather than on what is happening off it:
“Nothing has been notified to me. Jude has a fantastic professional attitude. He’s very mature and very focused on his football and this thing has not affected him at all. Jude is Birmingham through and through. To hear these kinds of rumours it always gives you a lot of confidence as a club that you’re doing the right things. As a coach I’m very happy with Jude’s performances. He is very committed to the team.”
The question is though; will he be able to turn that pleasure that he has in Bellingham into some form of influence with the board?
He has spoken before about his relationship with those above him and their respective duties when it comes to players coming into the club, and hopefully he is on the same level of understanding when it comes to players leaving.
Whilst the fanbase seems to be relatively split on whether or not to cash in on Bellingham, it’s important that those who are actually responsible at the club are all on the same page, and whilst Clotet doesn’t have complete control over the transfers, when it comes to something as crucial as this one, I feel that everyone needs to be pulling in the same direction.
Because with £30m potentially at stake, this isn’t going to be like any other transfer the Blues have seen in some time and are unlikely to see for a while, so this is something the club has to get absolutely right.
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And if everyone isn’t on the same page, it has the potential to really cause a split in the club if handled incorrectly.