The streaming provider translated the statements on Twitter by subtitles in writing in English. “All I want is to play football,” Haaland explained in an interview with his compatriot Jan-Age Fjörtoft. “But I can’t do that right now.” The 21-year-old, who moved from Salzburg to Dortmund two years ago, is under contract with BVB until 2024, but can leave the current runners-up this summer with the help of an exit clause for allegedly 75 million euros.
Most recently, Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke categorically ruled out a change from Haaland in winter. The ex-Salzburger is associated with several top European clubs – most notably Real Madrid. It is hard to imagine that the first talks between Haaland, his advisor Mino Raiola and BVB, which were scheduled for next week, will still take place in a relaxed atmosphere.
Now is the time “for things to start,” said Haaland. In a first reaction to the attacker’s statements, Watzke tried to calm things down. “Erling is a spontaneous person and still a young boy, he’s allowed to do that, that’s no problem. But he also has to have a bit of understanding for our situation,” emphasized the BVB boss to the “Funke Mediengruppe”.
Watzke thinks Haaland’s accusation of being put under pressure is exaggerated. “There are currently no talks or appointments, so I can’t understand it.” However, the club cannot wait until May, “that will also make sense to him”. When asked when he thought the ideal time for a decision had come, Haaland replied: “Not now because we are in the middle of a difficult phase with many games. I want to concentrate on football, then I’m at my best. Not when other things are on my mind.”