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'There's no other reason' - Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti explains Jude Bellingham's sublime start to life at the Bernabeu after €103m summer transfer

  • Bellingham is La Liga top-scorer
  • Midfielder also shone for England
  • Real Madrid host Real Sociedad this weekend

WHAT HAPPENED? Bellingham has enjoyed a superb start to life in Madrid, scoring four goals in first five games for the Spanish giants. The 20-year-old was also in exceptional form as England beat Scotland 3-1 in midweek, playing a pivotal role in the Three Lions' victory at Hampden Park.

WHAT THEY SAID: Ancelotti was keen to sing his praises in his pre-match press conference on Saturday ahead of Los Blancos return to domestic action against Real Sociedad, saying: "Good players with personality suffer a bit less than the others. There's no other reason. A player with personality above all, more than quality, means that an important shirt like Real Madrid's doesn't weigh so much."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: "Bellingham is being assessed right now based on what he's doing on the pitch, and he's doing well," he added. Maybe he wasn't as well-known because he played in Germany, he didn't have the role he has now, playing for an important club in an important league.''

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WHAT NEXT FOR REAL MADRID?: Los Blancos host Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu this weekend, bidding to extend their current unbeaten start to the new season.