Erling Haaland put a stop to an already dreaming Man Utd fans when he opted to make the switch to Borussia Dortmund over the Premier League Giants.
The Norwegian striker says it was Dortmund’s plan that “triggered” him to make the move, and sign a four-and-a-half-year deal with the yellow outfits.
According to popular reports, however, Man Utd pulled out of the deal due to Raiola’s demands of a buy-out clause and a percentage of any future sale. But Haaland has revealed he just felt joining Dortmund was the right move for him at the moment.
“They just went direct and said, ‘We need you upfront, we like your playing style and we want to have you here’.” The 19-year-old said.
“I liked how they spoke to me then and that’s what triggered me [to sign]. I just felt that I and Dortmund was a good match.”
Dortmund do not return to league action until January 18 due to the international break, leaving Erling Haaland with ample time to better know his new home.
“To slightly get to know people better, to train good with the team and we’ll see if I am good enough I will play and we’ll just have to see, step by step,” Haaland said.
“Of course, I want to play and I know I have something to give to the team. That’s my main goal now to have smaller goals and to reach them and I know it will be good.”
Mino Raiola revealed his client had the most discussions with United, but the striker felt that moving to the Theatre of Dreams wouldn’t be the right decision. Although recent replays between himself and Man Utd would suggest he was delighted to see his client ditch the red devils.
“They spoke to him the most. Everybody had the chance to talk to him in person. We let that happen especially when he knows Ole,” Raiola told The Telegraph.
“Clearly he felt that at this moment it was not the right step in his career. There is nothing against Manchester United or Ole.
“He chose Borussia Dortmund ahead of them and other clubs and I’m very happy because he is going to the club he wanted to go to and that is best for him right now.
“If he wanted to go to Manchester United I would have been obliged to take him to Manchester United, but he did not.”