With his early return, Erling Haaland gives BVB and the fans a lot of hope – especially for the duel with Bayern on Saturday. Hans-Joachim Watzke is still fascinated by the exceptional striker, but keeps a low profile with him when planning the future.
First the early return to the squad, then the substitution and, as the crowning glory, the 50th goal in the 50th game in the Bundesliga: the comeback of Erling Haaland gives Borussia Dortmund hope. Against the background of the Champions League out and with the upcoming classic when it comes to FC Bayern on Saturday evening, he seems more important than seldom before.
According to Hans-Joachim Watzke, both the rehabilitation plan and the involvement of Haaland himself made it possible for Marco Rose to be available again. “We built it up well with his rehab, he worked very well and it was already becoming apparent,” he admitted Sky to.
“But that is also one of Borussia Dortmund’s strengths: If something is suggested now, you cannot hear it directly or read it anywhere else. A week before we had the feeling that it could be an option for Wolfsburg,” he added continue from.
Even more important is the readiness for the coming weekend. Then Haaland wants to play both from the start and as long as possible.
His return is also an important effect for the team: “That triggers something when you have Erling in the squad, with his positive charisma and positive madness. That triggers something in the opponent and that triggers something in his own team. ”
It would be all the more important for the 21-year-old to remain beyond the current season. However, Watzke did not want to reveal details of how much BVB would invest in it: “Now via Sky Announcing it or putting on a program there doesn’t help me at the end of the day. We’ll hold the talks, hold them calmly and would like him to stay with us longer. “
Should the Norwegian leave the club in the summer, one would have to accept that on the one hand, but also find good solutions again on the other. “But the best thing would be of course, and it would also be great for his development if he stayed with us longer,” says the managing director.
Ultimately, the main thing is to convince the player. Black and yellow will try that, Watzke continues. He sees a possible advantage in the feel-good aspect: “You have the feeling that Erling feels completely comfortable here.” But it is also clear that you will not go beyond the financial possibilities.