Erling Haaland hits out at Borussia Dortmund for pressurising him into making a decision over his future
Erling Haaland says he will be forced to make his mind up over his future ‘soon’ as Borussia Dortmund have been putting unfair ‘pressure’ on him to come to a decision regarding the next chapter of his career.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the finest attacking players in world football over the last two years at Dortmund, but the Bundesliga giants are aware they face a battle to keep hold of their prized possession.
The Norway international has a £64million release clause in his contract at Dortmund and Europe’s elite are queuing up for his signature, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid all known to be admirers.
However, Haaland still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal at the Westfalenstadion and Dortmund are in no rush to part with the centre-forward, who has netted 21 times in 18 games this season.
Two of these goals came in Dortmund’s thumping 5-1 win over Freiburg on Friday night, but the young striker cut a frustrated figure as he spoke with Viasport’s Jan Aage Fjortoft shortly after the game.
‘The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club has started to press me into making a decision,’ Haaland said when asked for an update on his future.
‘All I want to do is to play football, but they press me to make a decision now about my future.
‘So that means I have to make a decision soon.’
Haaland added: ‘As I said, they have started to put a lot of pressure on me and I have to accept that.
‘I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for the club and the fans, but now it says itself that a lot of pressure is coming from the club so now is the time to get things started.’
Haaland said he did not appreciate being made to decide his future midway through the season during an especially ‘difficult period’ for Dortmund, with games coming thick and fast.
Asked whether he may be forced to decide his future now due to Dortmund pressure, Haaland replied: ‘Yeah, that is what they want.
‘It means that things will happen now. 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.
‘So yeah, now they have put pressure on me for a while and it’s time to get things started.’
Pressed on when he would ideally like to make a decision, Haaland responded: ‘Not now, because we are in the middle of a difficult period with a lot of games.
‘All I want to do is to play football, but I can’t do that now.’