Erling Håland was a wanted man at the start of the European winter and Borussia Dortmund fought off competition from numerous elite clubs to sign the young Norwegian striker.
The teenager has penned a deal at the Signal Iduna Park until 2024 after scoring 28 goals in 22 appearances for Austrian outfit RB Salzburg this season.
In an interview with Dortmund’s official website, Haaland explained how Dortmund’s straight-up approach convinced him to join them.
“They just went direct and said ‘we need you upfront, we like your playing style and we want to have you here’.
“I liked how they spoke to me then and that’s what triggered me [to sign]. I just felt that me and Dortmund was a good match.”
Dortmund is currently seven points behind Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig and they'll be hoping that Håland's goals can propel them closer to the summit and keep pace with their fellow title rivals in Germany.
Dortmund and the rest of the Bundesliga clubs are currently on a winter break, and that time off has afforded Håland the opportunity to get to know his teammates and surroundings better.
“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 when asked about his short-term aspirations.
“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.”
Håland could be in line to make his unofficial debut for Dortmund when they face Standard Liège in a friendly in Marbella tonight.
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