Sports director Michael Zorc rejected the criticism of striker Erling Haaland (21) after the 5-1 win over SC Freiburg. BVB license players manager Sebastian Kehl also commented on the cause.
“There is no pressure, no talks, no deadlines or deadlines,” Zorc told Bild. “But it is also clear that we do not want to wait until the summer to know what his decision will be. He will understand that, that is completely normal in football.”
Haaland had previously attracted attention with snappy statements about his future after Friday night’s 5-1 win over SC Freiburg and criticized BVB bosses. “I really just want to play football, but they push me,” the Norwegian complained to the Norwegian TV channel Viaplay.
“Out of respect for Dortmund, I have not said anything for the past six months, I am letting everyone around the world speak.” Still, the club would “press me to make a decision”.
Zorc’s appointed successor Sebastian Kehl also put the 21-year-old striker’s statements into perspective. “I don’t know why Erling said it that way. Maybe there was a bit of frustration because he was very angry about the late yellow card in the game and was quite emotional after that,” said Kehl. “Maybe it bothered him that so much has been said and written about it lately — a lot of it was lacking any foundation.”
However, the head of the licensed players department is not afraid of permanent cracks: “We had and still have a very good relationship with Erling, his father Alf-Inge and Mino Raiola.”
BVB boss Hans Joachim Watzke had previously responded to the criticism. “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.