Erling Haaland spoke out on Friday evening after the clear 5-1 win against SC Freiburg about the mind games regarding his future – and chose clear words about his employer Borussia Dortmund. The club is pushing him – and that’s exactly why he “must make a decision soon”.
After a long time, he spoke up about the speculation about himself: Erling Haaland.
Erling Haaland’s future off the field has been the dominant topic at BVB for many weeks: will the Norwegian stay beyond the summer? Or will the Norwegian even extend his contract, which actually runs until June 30, 2024?
Haaland himself has remained very calm all this time, but after the clear 5-1 win over Freiburg on Friday evening, in which Dortmund Torfabrik had put together a brace after the last two league games without a goal, he spoke in an interview with the former Bundesliga -Professional Jan Aage Fjörtoft on the Norwegian streaming channel “Viaplay Fotball” about his situation.
“I really just want to play football, but I can’t”
“The club started putting pressure on me to make a decision,” Haaland explained. “But all I really want to do is play football.” He had “not said anything out of respect for Dortmund for the past six months,” he added after his Bundesliga goals 54 and 55 in 56 appearances. A decision should now be made in a timely manner: “That’s what the club wants – and it means that things will happen now.”
Haaland, who scored the 2000th Bundesliga home goal for the black and yellow with his 4-1 win on this match day (only Bayern has more with 2629), can leave the reigning DFB Cup winner in the summer despite an existing contract until 2024 via an exit option . And those responsible for BVB have recently repeatedly emphasized that they want to meet with Haaland and those around him soon to clarify the future of the storm jewel.
The player himself actually wants to “concentrate on football because I can do that best when I have no other thoughts on my mind. But now they have been pushing for so long that things are started now”. The Norwegian would prefer to postpone a decision: “We are in a tough phase with a lot of games, I really only want to play football, but I can’t.”
Watzke: “We can’t wait until the end of May”
Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke has already responded to Haaland’s interview. “He’s a spontaneous person, a young lad. He’s allowed to do that. There’s no problem with Erling,” said the 62-year-old BVB boss to the “Ruhr Nachrichten”. “But he also has to understand our situation. We can’t wait until the end of May.”