It's widely expected that striker Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer for a bigger club, with the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Barcelona interested in the young Norwegian, who is one of the most lethal finishers in world football.
While Dortmund is very keen on offering Haaland a hefty pay raise in order to keep him, they apparently aren't interested in waiting until June to see if he'll stay put or not. The club wants Haaland to give them an answer now.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Watzke on Haaland statement: "He is a spontaneous person. He's allowed to do that. There is no problem with Erling. But he must also have some understanding for our situation" 🟡 #BVB
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Following Dortmund's 5-1 thrashing of Freiburg on Friday where Erling Haaland netted a brace, he responded to these comments and made it very clear that he simply wants to focus on football and making something of the season with his current team.
“The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club has started to press me into making a decision,” Haaland said. “All I want to do is play football. But they press me … about my future, so that means I have to make a decision soon.”
“That is what they [Dortmund] want. It means things will happen now. They have started to put a lot of pressure on me, and I have to accept that … so now is the time to get things started.”
Erling Haaland's price tag is expected to be around €75 million, which is a walk in the park for Manchester City and Real Madrid, his two likeliest destinations. It's no secret that he must move on in order to win trophies and take his game to new heights and it's rather obvious that Dortmund realizes this. That's why they're pushing him so hard to make a decision at the moment.
But, it may not be a smart decision for the sake of the team. BVB is trying to chase down Bayern for the Bundesliga title and approaching Erling Haaland like this is only going to distract him. Nevertheless, the damage has already been done. We'll see how it plays out.