Erling Haaland: It’s a decision for Erling, Borussia Dortmund CEO says about the striker’s impending move to leave

Several British media have reported that Manchester City is likely to announce next week that it has agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund for the striker’s services.
Haaland’s brute strength, blazing speed and devastating finishing ability have made him one of the most wanted players in the world, which means Dortmund have succumbed to the loss of their star player since signing him in 2020.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says that while many clubs will be frustrated by the continued loss to those higher in the standings, transfers make it much easier to manage.

“It’s the only way for us because when a player performs very well, we have to fight against the big and big clubs with the oligarchs and the Arab countries at the back,” Watsky told CNN Senior Sports Analyst Darren Lewis.

“And this battle we can’t win, but we can win a battle against an 18-year-old player, like Judd Bellingham, because this player loves to play in Borussia Dortmund because we always have 80,000 spectators, it’s a very good atmosphere the club knows how to manage young players. .

“That’s our way, well, we have a good department that is scouting for young players every day, but it’s also important if you have the player here, you have to develop him and I think that works…Most of the time, it works.”

Watzke has no illusions about Dortmund’s place in the modern football hierarchy.

The club has sponsored – and then sold – many of Europe’s biggest and most expensive stars in recent years; Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jadon Sancho, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic are among the players who donned the famous black and yellow jerseys.

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While Watzke understands that high player turnover is part of the job, there is still a human behind the transfer fee, and on some occasions it’s harder to wave goodbye than others.

“Sometimes it’s a little more emotional,” Watzke admits. “It was very touching for me when Mats Hummels told me in 2016 that he was leaving the club after seven or eight years I think because it was a long time and we had a very special relationship.

“But sometimes the players are at Borussia Dortmund for a year, two or three years, and in that period, it’s not that deep with feelings and it’s normal in football that players come and players go and if they want to go, OK.

“Sometimes, it’s a good deal; sometimes, it’s not good. When we sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona after a short time, it was a very good deal. When we left Robert Lewandowski without a transfer fee, it wasn’t a good deal, but that’s football” .

It now appears that Haaland will leave the next club.

The 21-year-old has scored an impressive 85 goals in 88 games since joining from RB Salzburg in 2020, breaking several Bundesliga and Champions League records.

Erling Haaland has broken several scoring records since his move to Dortmund.

Manchester City appear set to meet Haaland’s €75m ($79m) release clause – a real deal given his talents and current transfer fee climate – and beat a number of Europe’s biggest clubs to his signature, including Real Madrid, Manchester United. and Paris Saint-Germain.

On the day of CNN’s interview with Watzke (April 26), the Dortmund CEO admitted he did not know if Haaland would leave during the European summer transfer window. But what he knew for sure was that if Haaland was gone, Dortmund would continue to compete as they had always done.

“It’s a decision for Erling,” Watsky said. “Erling, you know, has an exit clause and he has to decide whether we want to take that exit clause or not and he has time to give us his decision. When the time comes, he will.

“But we [Dortmund] We played football for 113 years, and for 111 years, we played without Erling Haaland. We had Robert Lewandowski and then we left in 2014, but we’ve played football on 15, 16 and 17 so far.

“And then came Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then Erling Haaland and you can be sure if Erling makes the decision to leave us, we’ll find the next [player] 100 percent.”

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