Tensions have risen between Erling Haaland and his German side Borussia Dortmund after the Norwegian national football team striker accused his club of pressuring him to make a decision on his future.
The 21-year-old is tied to Dortmund until 2024 but his contract includes a penalty clause allowing him to leave at the end of this season for around €80m.
“During the last six months I chose not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club is starting to put pressure on me,” Halland told Norwegian channel ‘Viaplay’ after scoring a brace in the match, which his team won 5-1 yesterday at the start of the nineteenth stage.
He added: “All I want is to play football, but they are pushing me to make a decision about my future, and that means I have to make a decision soon… Now is the time for things to happen. evolve”, noting that the club had been annoying him “for a while”.
Halland seems reluctant to decide on his future, as his team expects important games in the current period.
“All I want to do is play football, but I can’t do that now,” Haaland added, clearly angry.
His Dutch-Italian agent, Mino Raiola, hinted a few weeks ago that big clubs, such as Real Madrid and Manchester City, were pursuing Halland in order to sign him.
Dortmund have made it clear they want to know where they stand and club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was surprised by Haaland’s outburst.
In a statement to the Funke media group, he said: We are not putting any pressure on Erling, adding: There are currently no discussions and no confirmed dates to speak, so I cannot understand what he is saying.
Watzke made it clear that the club can’t wait until May when the season is over and Haaland finds out. As a professional player, he has to understand that he has to talk about the future at some point.
He continued: “Erling has a spontaneous personality and is still a young boy. He has the right to do that, it’s no problem, stressing that he has a ‘great relationship’ with the Norway international, ” but he should understand a little about our situation.