Erling Haaland puts Manchester United and City on edge after admitting Borussia Dortmund is ‘putting him under pressure’ to make a decision about his future very quickly
- Erling Haaland feels Borussia Dortmund is pressuring him to make a decision
- Clause to become active in summer could allow him to leave for £64million
- Haaland scored 78 goals in 77 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund
- Manchester United and Manchester City in connection with 21-year-old striker
Erling Haaland has alerted Premier League clubs after revealing that Borussia Dortmund is pushing him to make a decision about his future.
The Norwegian, who has long been a target for both Manchester clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, admitted “It’s going to happen now,” as Dortmund has made it clear to him that he must decide his future.
‘[For] For the past six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Borussia Dortmund, but now the club has started forcing me to make a decision,” the 21-year-old told the Norwegian broadcaster. viasat on Friday.
Erling Haaland has admitted he will make a decision about his future very soon
“All I want to do is play football, but she… [Dortmund] push me to make a decision now about my future […] That means I have to make a decision quickly.’
Haaland has scored an astonishing 78 goals in 77 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund since moving from RB Salzburg to the Bundesliga in January 2020.
His goal return has made him one of European football’s hottest attributes, with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and City all associated with the Dortmund striker in the past 18 months.
Borussia Dortmund pressures Haaland to make a decision about his future
Haaland has so far been tight-lipped about his future, but acknowledged on Friday that this could soon change as Dortmund want him to make his plans clear.
“They have started to put a lot of pressure on me and I have to accept that,” he said.
“I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for the club and the fans.
“But now that there is a lot of pressure from the club, it’s time to get things started. It means things will happen now.”
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted Dortmund could lose its talisman this summer
“I’ve said from the start that I want to focus on football because that’s when I’m at my best. Not when other things come to mind.
When asked when he expected to make a decision, the Norwegian replied: ‘Not now, because we are in the middle of a difficult period with many games. I just want to play football, but I can’t right now. ‘
Haaland has the option to leave Dortmund in the summer when his £64m severance clause becomes active, and the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted last weekend it will be difficult for the Bundesliga giants to sign him to keep.
Watzke said in an interview with Der Spiegel, like marca: ‘Who would give away one of Europe’s best strikers on the winter market if they didn’t have to?
“He will not leave in January. Dortmund is still in three leagues and we want to compete with the best teams.
“Of course it will be difficult to keep him. But we want and we will try. Haaland will not leave in January, but it will be difficult to keep him in the summer.”