Pep questions Dortmund star's age

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Pep Guardiola has jokingly questioned the age of Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham.

Bellingham, 17, delivered another starring performance for Dortmund during his side's UEFA Champions League quarter-final defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday, which included the opening goal of the encounter.

While his effort was not enough to secure his side's progression in the competition, it did catch the eye of City boss Guardiola, who was quick to praise the young England international's performances over the two legs of the riel

"I can't believe it, maybe he's a liar!" the Spaniard jokingly said, per Bundesliga.com. "He's so good for 17 years old, he's a fantastic player. There was one moment when he didn't get the ball from central defenders, how he shouts and demands that ball to him at 17 means a lot.

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"I spoke with his manager, Edin [Terzic], and he told me what you see in these two games is like every training session."

Dortmund signed Bellingham from Birmingham City for a fee of £25 million (R526 million) at the start of the season, following which the English club remarkably retired the young midfielder's No. 22 jersey.

He has since featured regularly for the Bundesliga giants this season, making 39 appearances and scoring three goals across all competitions for the campaign, either side of his first England call-up late last year.

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