Erling Haaland: Borussia Dortmund putting pressure on me to make decision on future soon

Erling Haaland has said that Borussia Dortmund are putting pressure on him to make a decision on his future soon, when all he wants to do is play football. 

Erling Haaland opened his account for 2022 on Friday evening as he led Borussia Dortmund to a 5-1 win over SC Freiburg. After the final whistle, the Norwegian international was asked about his future and said that the BVB bosses are putting pressure on him to make a decision soon when all he wants to do is play his football.

In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster Viaplay, Haaland said that he has not spoken about his future yet out of respect for Borussia Dortmund and the club’s supporters. But with the BVB bosses putting pressure on him, he will have to make a decision on his future soon.

“The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Borussia Dortmund, but now the club has started to pressure me into making a decision. So that means that I have to make a decision soon.”

When asked about when he would make a decision on his future in an ideal world, Haaland responded by saying, “Not now, because we are in the middle of a difficult period with a lot of games. All I want to do is play football, but I can’t do that now.”

Haaland’s comments do not make for good reading for Borussia Dortmund, who are hoping to convince the striker to stay at the club for at least another season. Sebastian Kehl said earlier this month that he does not see their chances of keeping the 21 year old at the club as ‘too bad.’ But it remains to be seen what Haaland’s plans are.

Hans-Joachim Watzke responded to Haaland’s comments by saying that Borussia Dortmund cannot wait until the end of May for a decision.

“He is a spontaneous person, a young lad. There is no problem with Erling. But he must also have some understanding for our situation. We can’t wait until the end of May,” Watzke told Ruhr Nachrichten.

Haaland is attracting the interest of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Real Madrid are said to be leading the race for his signature, while Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested. Haaland has two and a half years left on his Borussia Dortmund contract.