Friday, January 28

Haaland: Dortmund are pressuring me to make a decision

Erling Haaland was at his freakish best for Borussia Dortmund on Friday as he scored twice in his side’s 5-1 thrashing of Freiburg in the Bundesliga. The Norwegian being on the scoresheet is nothing new and his goalscoring exploits have, of course, led to much speculation over his future.

After Friday’s match, the 21-year-old spoke about what lies ahead for him for the first time.

“The last six months, I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund,” Haaland told Viaplay.

“Now the club has started to pressure me into making a decision, but all I want to do is to play football.”

He recognised that he may have to make a decision about his future in the near future.

“They press me to make a decision now about my future, so that means I have to make a decision soon,” he added.

“I have said from the beginning that I want to focus on football, because that is when I am at my best, not when other things come into my mind.

“Now they have put pressure for a while. So, it is time to get things started.”

Haaland was asked when he was going to make a decision, but insisted that he just wants to focus on helping Dortmund at the moment.

“Not now because we’re in the middle of a difficult period with a lot of games,” the Norwegian said.

“All I want to do is to play football.”

Haaland is under contract at Dortmund until June 30, 2024 and has a release clause of 75 million euros this summer.

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He has been heavily linked with both Real Madrid and Barcelona as well as top clubs from the Premier League, all of whom would be willing to pay the money necessary to secure the services of a player who is set to dominate European football for the next decade.


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