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‘LIABILITY’: Erling Haaland is branded a ‘BURDEN’ by Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl, who has planned his final months at the club before Man City move… despite scoring a whopping 86 goals in 89 games for them!
- Erling Haaland labeled a ‘burden’ by Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl
- The Norwegian star came to Man City from Germany this summer for £51m
- Haaland excelled for Pep Guardiola’s side who scored 12 goals in seven games
- Kehl criticized Haaland, saying he had become ‘a burden’ for Dortmund
- The two sides will meet this Wednesday in the group stage of the Champions League
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has berated Erling Haaland, claiming he was a ‘burden’ while at the club.
Haaland moved from the German side to Manchester City for £51 million this summer after scoring 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund.
The Norwegian striker is in astonishing form for Pep Guardiola’s side, scoring 12 goals in seven games in the Premier League and Champions League so far.
Borussia Dortmund sports director Sebastian Kehl has called Erling Haaland a ‘burden’
Haaland was knocked down by Kehl for his last few months at the club before moving to Manchester City
Haaland spent two and a half seasons with Dortmund after coming over from RB Salzburg in December 2019 for a fee of £17 million.
Despite being prolific at the Westfalenstadion, Kehl was critical of the wider impact Haaland had on the team towards the end of his stay at the club.
“As much as we’ve always appreciated Erling and the success he’s had with our shirt, in the end the matter certainly became a burden, both in the dressing room and for the club,” he said. Sports Image.
“In general, he was it for the whole environment. The timing of the sale was good, both for us and for City. That our first 10 goals this season have been scored by 10 different players, it proves.’
The Norwegian striker scored 86 goals in 89 games when he played for the German team
Kehl also believes that Haaland’s departure has benefited the team as a whole going into the season.
‘I would have liked to have been certain (about the Norwegian’s departure) a little earlier, because that matter limited our preparation.
“Without him, we have the ability to trust the other players. The fact that our first ten league goals were scored by ten different players proves that quite well.’
Kehl’s comments come just days before Haaland faces his former club with Man City hosting the German side at the Etihad on Wednesday night’s Champions League.