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Bellingham can bring ´joy and visibility´ to LaLiga, says former Spain midfielder Senna

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Sep 2023

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Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham is defying expectations and can bring “joy and visibility” to LaLiga, according to former Spain midfielder Marcos Senna.

The England midfielder has enjoyed a blistering start to life in Madrid since joining from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth an initial €103million, which could rise to €133.9m.

Bellingham is the top scorer in LaLiga with five goals, while his stoppage-time winner against Getafe last time out made him only the third Madrid player – after Pepillo and Cristiano Ronaldo – to net on each of his first four competitive appearances for the club.

The 20-year-old’s exploits have caught the eye of ex-Villarreal captain Senna, who was part of the Spain squad that won the 2008 European Championships.

Speaking at the Thinking Football Summit, Senna told Stats Perform: “He is really impressing, and the numbers are there for everyone to see. He is doing more than could have been expected.

“For LaLiga, it is very important that players like him and others who arrive in the league continue being very competitive and visible in the world.

“He is a player that can bring [Spanish football] joy and visibility, and he is proving it already.”

The 47-year-old also spoke about former club Villarreal, where he racked up over 350 appearances during his 11-year stay, helping them reach the Champions League semi-finals in the 2005-06 season.

But the Yellow Submarine have endured a poor start to 2023-24 with three defeats in four games culminating in the departure of Quique Setien, who was replaced by Pacheta.

The former Elche and Real Valladolid boss will take charge for the first time when Villarreal welcome fellow strugglers Almeria on Sunday, but Senna is confident the club’s fortunes will soon improve.

“Villarreal didn’t start the season the way we wanted and now there is a change of manager,” he said. “But I believe we have a lot of time to turn the situation around, and we have a group of great players.

“It’s a great club that knows what it’s doing. The goal this year is to finish as high as possible in the table, among the European places, and to be the Villarreal that everyone knows.”

On Pacheta, Senna added: “It’s a great opportunity for him, he is a great professional. This is one of the clubs with the most expression, and he will have the opportunity [to show his methods]. We hope he does a good job and can help us.”

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