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After scoring yet another late winner to settle the final El Clasico of Real Madrid‘s season, Jude Bellingham only had eyes for one group in the stands. 

Clustered over the advertising boards on the very edge of the pitch were two of the England international’s closest friends – and with the men in his sight, Bellingham raced over to the stands and was immediately bundled into an excited bear hug. 

Since the player’s blockbuster summer move to Real Madrid, both Noah Ohio and Toby Bishay have attended matches at the Bernabeu as frequently as their schedules allow, and have no doubt been delighted – along with the rest of the white side of the Spanish capital – by his prodigious start. They occupy two much envied spots in Bellingham’s exactingly tight inner circle – arguably one of the secrets to his success.

Far from being caught up in a swirl of parties and hangers on, the 20-year-old’s reaction to his superstardom has been to continue to rely on the close-knit group who have watched his rise from the youth ranks of Birmingham City: his parents Mark and Denise and younger brother Jobe, and a select group of friends and team-mates. While Bellingham doesn’t have a long-term partner, his relationships with girlfriends old and new have been conducted with scant details shared publicly. 

Here, Mail Sport takes a look at those closest to the young talent, and their role in his meteoric career to date. 

Laura Celia Valk, 25, appears to be ‘completely smitten’ with Jude Bellingham and has been staying at his Spanish pad regularly

Jude Bellingham sprinted to celebrate his late winner in Sunday's Clasico with his close friends

Jude Bellingham sprinted to celebrate his late winner in Sunday's Clasico with his close friends

Bellingham sprinted to celebrate his late winner in Sunday’s Clasico with his close friends

Bellingham's draws strength from his 'supportive' family include mum Denise, dad Mark, and younger brother Jobe

Bellingham’s draws strength from his ‘supportive’ family include mum Denise, dad Mark, and younger brother Jobe

News broke this week that the Real Madrid superstar has a new girlfriend but the player has always kept his private life just that

News broke this week that the Real Madrid superstar has a new girlfriend but the player has always kept his private life just that

Deep family ties

After helping seal Real Madrid’s spot in the Champions League semi-final after burying his spot-kick during the penalty shoot-out against Manchester City, Bellingham left Rio Ferdinand spellbound

‘How’s he answering these questions so eloquently?’ The Manchester United star turned pundit queried midway through his post-match interview. ‘Tell me, how old are you bro?’ 

‘Still 20’ was Bellingham’s almost bashful response, but Ferdinand wasn’t alone in his high regard for the starlet’s off-the-cuff remarks, with many on social media suggesting he had been exquisitely media-trained. Others, however, attributed his eloquence and calm disposition with the microphone to being raised by supportive and encouraging parents. Both his mother and father have long been the player’s strongest allies.   

Bellingham has previously described his mother as playing ‘the biggest role’ in his career, ‘probably even more than coaches and managers’, due to her part in keeping him grounded. 

Denise, 54, moved to Germany upon his signing with Borussia Dortmund in 2020, and has since travelled to live with him in Spain, where he keeps an apartment in Madrid’s upmarket La Finca district in the west of the capital. His father Mark, 48, has stuck by the side of his younger brother Jobe, moving to Sunderland with him when he signed for the Championship team shortly after his brother’s landmark transfer to Real last summer. 

The 20-year-old enjoys a close relationship with his mother Denise, who lives with him in Spain

Both Denise and his father Mark were in the stands at the 2022 World Cup

The 20-year-old enjoys a close relationship with his mother Denise, who lives with him in Spain

The 54-year-old has devoted a lot of time to making sure that her son remains grounded

The 54-year-old has devoted a lot of time to making sure that her son remains grounded

Bellingham’s mother helps manage his financial affairs, allowing for his focus to be solely on football, and has also pitched in with at times driving him to training, and even making his bed. 

‘My mum is there to just keep everything neutral really,’ Bellingham said of their relationship. 

‘Without my mum, sometimes I’d get too low with the lows or too high with the highs and I stay pretty humble because I’ve got her around.

‘It’s also great to have her there because she’s a great laugh as well. We get on so well and we’re always doing stuff together.’

His father Mark – a retired former policeman and ex-non league footballer once described as his son’s sporting ‘hero’ – has had a similarly grounding influence. He, like his wife, has also played a role in his son’s business affairs, and acts as his son’s manager, mastering minding his blockbuster £113million move to LaLiga from Dortmund. 

Rounding out the quartet is Jobe, the ‘other’ Bellingham a fast-rising starlet with a not-so-shabby seven goals to his name in his maiden campaign for Sunderland. Just as the 18-year-old has attended Real Madrid matches – most recently with his whole family at the Etihad – Bellingham is equally supportive of his younger brother’s career, frequently sharing pictures from his travels supporting the Black Cats. 

Bellingham's father Mark is a retired non-league footballer and has been described by his son as his footballing 'hero'

Bellingham’s father Mark is a retired non-league footballer and has been described by his son as his footballing ‘hero’

The Bellinghams showed off their Christmas jumpers in December 2023 - a present from younger brother Jobe

The Bellinghams showed off their Christmas jumpers in December 2023 – a present from younger brother Jobe

The midfielder has frequently supported his younger sibling both in the stands at Sunderland matches and from abroad

The midfielder has frequently supported his younger sibling both in the stands at Sunderland matches and from abroad

Jobe (centre) is enjoying a promising first season at Sunderland after signing for the Black Cats last summer

Jobe (centre) is enjoying a promising first season at Sunderland after signing for the Black Cats last summer

The picture shared publicly by Bellingham and his younger brother is one of an incredibly close family, and the Stourbridge native shared exactly how much their support means to him after that clash with Man City, saying how

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