ERLING HAALAND already had his heart set on a move to Borussia Dortmund by the time Manchester United made a move for his services.
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Dortmund signed Haaland after agreeing to meet his €22.5million release clause at Salzburg in late December, and the 19-year-old has made a flying start to life in Germany, with eight goals in five appearances.
A host of leading European clubs were linked to the striker, including United — led by his former Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — but Haaland told Viasport his mind was made up by the time their interest was declared.
“Ole Gunnar has been very important for me in getting to where I am today,” he said.
“But we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me. That was what I felt best about and therefore it became Dortmund.”
Indeed, Dortmund as a next stop in his career was put forward by Haaland himself as his father — former Leeds United and Manchester City utility man Alf-Inge Haaland — surveyed other options.
“The thing is, when the season was over, my father and I started talking
“Suddenly it became an option and then that was what I felt all along.
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