Man City player Erling Haaland branded a ‘BURDEN’ by Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl.
Erling Haaland has been criticized by Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl, who called him a “burden” while he was a player on the team.
Haaland left the German team for Man City this summer after scoring 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund for £51 million.
For Pep Guardiola’s team, the Norwegian striker has been in sensational form, scoring 12 goals in seven games in the Premier League and Champions League so far.
Haaland joined Dortmund in December 2019 for £17 million from RB Salzburg, where he played for two and a half seasons.
Kehl was critical of the wider impact that Haaland had on the team by the end of his stay with the club.
Kehl brands Man City player Erling Haaland a ‘BURDEN’
‘As much as we have always appreciated Erling and the success he has had with our shirt, in the end, the matter had definitely become a burden, both in the dressing room and for the club,’ he told Sport Bild.
‘In general, for the whole environment, it was just him. The timing of the sale was right, both for us and for City. The fact that our first 10 goals this season have been scored by 10 different players proves it.’
Kehl also believes Haaland’s departure has benefitted the squad as a whole going into this season.
‘I would have liked to have been certain (about the Norwegian’s departure) a little earlier because that issue limited our preparation.
‘Without him, we have the possibility to trust the other players. The fact that our first ten competitive goals have been scored by ten different players shows that pretty 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 evening in the Champions League.