Borussia Dortmund are already looking to the future without Erling Haaland, signed by Manchester City on Tuesday, and their coach Marco Rose maintains that the team will not stop being competitive despite the departure of their young Norwegian striker.
Haaland will say goodbye to the Dortmund fans this Saturday, to which he arrived in January 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg, in the match of the last day of the Bundesliga against a Hertha Berlin that is played in the permanence in the Signal Iduna Park .
The 21-year-old Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 games in all competitions for Dortmund in two and a half years and is still hoping to add to this incredible stat. This season, despite missing several games due to injury, he has scored 21 goals in 23 games in the Bundesliga.
«We won’t stop playing football without him»
«We will not stop playing football after Erling leaves us,» Rose said today at a press conference. «He decided to take his next step with City and we wish him all the best. He gave us goals, energy, he is a player who always wants to win. I think he can still improve. He is still young.»
Dortmund have already secured the Bundesliga runner-up position after Bayern Munich and will participate in another season in the Champions League just like Manchester City. «We will meet again. I hope we will meet again,» Rose said.
The signings and other dismissals
In place of Haaland, Dortmund have signed striker Karim Adeyemi, 20, from Red Bull Salzburg, like the Norwegian. Other reinforcements so far confirmed are the defender Niklas Süle (Bayern) and Nico Schlotterbeck (Freiburg).
In addition to Haaland, the sporting director Michael Zorc, who is leaving office, as well as the players Marcel Schmelzer, who is retiring, Axel Witsel, Dan-Axel Zagadou, whose contracts also expire on June 30, and Roman Bürki, who has signed for MLS’s St. Louis City.