BORUSSIA DORTMUND reportedly have a “secret plan” to keep hold of star player Jude Bellingham.
The England international is one of the most sort after talents in European football with a host of clubs interested in signing him this summer.
Sides such as Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Real Madrid have all been credited with an interest in the midfielder.
However, they could all be set for disappointment in their pursuit of Bellingham as Dortmund are determined to keep him at the Signal Iduna Park.
According to the German media outlet Bild, Dortmund are hoping to keep hold of him for one more season.
The club are planning to offer him a new contract that would see his salary increase of 150 per cent and up to £13million for the year.
The outlet also claims that his contract would include a release clause of £131m.
This would allow the 19-year-old to leave the club to potential buyers while also guaranteeing the Bundesliga side a large transfer fee.
This means that interested clubs would have to wait another year to sign the former Birmingham City prospect.
The report suggests that Real Madrid are currently the favourites to sign Bellingham.
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The LaLiga side are looking for replacements for veteran duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with both contracts expiring at the end of the current season.
However, Dortmund could be boosted in their hopes of keeping Bellingham should the veterans sign new deals at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.