Erling Haaland says the pressure from Borussia Dortmund to make a decision on his future is proving to be a distraction.
Haaland, who scored twice in the 5-1 Bundesliga win over Freiburg on Friday, has a contract with Dortmund until the summer of 2024, with a £64million release clause set to kick in this summer.
Manchester City are believed to be favorites to sign Haaland should he decide to move to the Premier League, and the 21-year-old striker has indicated that ongoing conversations about his future are starting to weigh on him.
« For the past six months, I’ve chosen to say nothing out of respect for Dortmund, » Haaland told Viaplay.
“But now the club has started to pressure me to make a decision, but all I want is to play football.
“But they are urging me to make a decision now about my future. So that means I have to make a decision soon.
« I said from the start that I wanted to focus on football because that’s where I perform best, not when other things come to mind.
“Now they put the pressure on for a while. So it’s time to start. All I want is to play football, but I can’t do it now. »
“Difficult for Haaland to say no to Guardiola”
Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
I would be very surprised if he stayed at Dortmund this summer because of this release clause, and because of the kind of clubs that are after him. I think it’s going to be almost impossible for him to say no to some of these clubs who are going to make him offers.
If you’re talking about seeing Haaland in the Premier League, Manchester City are in pole position. We know they’ve been looking for a complete striker for a long time, even though they don’t really need one, and Pep Guardiola says ‘we thrive without a complete striker’.
Pep Guardiola is a very demanding manager, you have to play the way Pep Guardiola does and do what he wants you to do. We’ve seen players take a while to adapt to that. Normally, players take at least a season to adapt to his way of playing.
As for Haaland, it wouldn’t be the easy option to go to Manchester City. Even if he would be almost guaranteed to succeed if he had to go.
He could move to other clubs where he could score a lot more goals and maybe not have to work as hard, and the environment wouldn’t be as demanding as at Manchester City, and then he could move on to a Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool – or another Premier League club – three or four years later.
I think it’s going to be difficult for him to say no to Pep Guardiola.
I think somewhere down the line they need to sign a striker, and if you’re going to sign a striker, and you’re as powerful and successful as City, why not get the best young striker in the world at a very reasonable price.
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