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Football: Riddle hopes Haaland will stay

Football: Riddle hopes Haaland will stay


Former Borussia Dortmund top scorer Karl-Heinz Riedel, who is now the Bundesliga club’s international brand ambassador, has admired Erling Haaland’s achievements and hopes the 21-year-old Norwegian will stay with the club for as long as possible.

“Erling Haaland has taken a development that no one at the club could have expected. What he is offering in terms of performance is exciting. The possibilities he has in the Bundesliga and especially in the Champions League are unimaginable for such a young man,” who excited the 1990 world champion. Haaland scored 47 goals in 48 matches in the German League.

His odds are even better in the UEFA Champions League, where he has managed 21 times in 17 matches. This of course raises desires. Salzburger’s previous contract runs until the end of June 2024, but speculation is that the 21-year-old should have an exit clause. Riddle is hoping to see the striker dress up in a BVB dress at least next season. “Of course you have to give him more than he is currently getting. Otherwise, it would be ideal to keep it,” the 56-year-old realizes.

Counsellor with “imaginary” demands

In any case, it will be a bumpy road until the hoped-for agreement. Riedel said the numbers that Haaland’s advisor Mino Raiola is currently allegedly calling for his client to stay at Dortmund are “imaginary”. “There’s also a philosophy at BVB that you don’t completely screw up the salary structure.” Riedel played for Dortmund from 1993 to 1997, which led him to the European Champions League title in 1997 with a double.

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Haaland was injured as well

Borussia currently have to dispense with Haaland. “He has tried it but the pain is still very strong,” coach Marco Rose said on Friday. “The striker had already missed the matches in Mönchengladbach (0:1) and against Sporting Lisbon (1:0). The Norwegian wrote on Twitter: “Dear BVB fans. I won’t be able to play tomorrow. I’m injured and I’ll be right back Heja BVB.”

Thus, Haaland will also not be able to play international matches for Norway against Turkey and Montenegro. “We’ll keep Erling here and see how we use the days. Rest will be good for him,” Rose said.

German Bundesliga, seventh round

Friday 1 October:
cologne * Forth 3: 1
Saturday 2 October:
Dortmund Augsburg 3:30 pm.
Wolfsburg Mönchengladbach 3:30 pm.
Stuttgart Hoffenheim 3:30 pm.
Hertha Berlin Freiburg 3:30 pm.
Leipzig Bochum 6:30 pm
Sunday 3 October:
Mainz Union Berlin 3:30 pm.
Bayern Munich Frankfurt 5.30 pm
Bielefeld Leverkusen 7.30 pm

* Keynes to 78, Ljubicic to 67, Schaub to 85 (assistance)