BVB: Watzke has no understanding for Haaland criticism


Borussia Dortmund director Hans-Joachim Watzke reacted with incomprehension to goalscorer Erling Haaland’s criticism of the club. “We are not pressuring Erling at all. There are currently no talks or appointments, so I can’t understand,” Watzke told the Funke media group newspapers.

Haaland feels pressured by BVB when deciding about his future. “I really just want to play football, but they push me,” Haaland told Norwegian TV channel Viaplay Fotball after the 5-1 (3-0) win in the Bundesliga top game against SC Freiburg.

“He hasn’t said anything for the past six months out of respect for Dortmund, I let everyone around the world talk. But the club is pressuring me to make a decision,” complained Haaland after his brace, adding: And I think that means I have to get to work. They want an answer. That means things have to happen.”

The 21-year-old still has a contract with BVB until June 2024. However, he can leave the DFB Cup winner in the summer due to an exit clause of 75 million euros. BVB officials recently announced that they would like to meet Haaland and his surroundings soon to clarify the future of the storm jewel.

“We can’t wait for May, he will understand that. As a professional, he has to understand that one day you will talk about the future,” Watzke said. Public criticism will have no consequences for the Norwegian, Watzke continued. “Erling is a spontaneous person and still a young lad, he can do that, that’s no problem.” He himself has “a great relationship” with Haaland. But he also had to “have a little understanding of our situation”.

Haaland ‘actually just wants to play football’

Haaland doesn’t want to think about anything but football at the moment because it gets difficult when I have other things on my mind, but they’ve been pushing for so long that I’m going to start,” Haaland said. In an “ideal world” he would not decide now: “We are in a difficult phase with many matches. I really only want to play football, but I can’t.”

In any case, Watzke Haaland hasn’t completely written off yet: “What does hope mean? If that’s the case, we’re very happy. And if it turns out differently, we’ll solve it.”

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