Birmingham City announced that ‘to honor one of our own and encourage others’, they are going to remove the number 22 shirt of Bellingham.
Birmingham City’s youngest goalscorer, Jude Bellingham walked out of the club for his boyhood team, confirming his move to Dortmund on Monday.
Following the transfer, Birmingham dedicated the jersey number in the honor of Jude, stating that “the 22 shirt has become synonymous with Jude.”
On the club’s official website, the team as well wrote an article for Jude, who has featured in 44 games and scored four times.
The passage reads: “Jude has become an iconic figure at Blues in such a remarkably short space of time, showing what can be achieved through talent, hard work, and dedication.”
“Jude’s rise to the first team aged only 16 years and 38 days and those qualities. So as such the club decided that retiring this number would be appropriate, honoring one of our own and inspiring others.”
“He stayed concentrated and completely dedicated to the Blues cause during the elongated transfer process that finally rendered Jude the world’s most costly 17-year-old, demonstrating the importance of having a supportive family behind him.”