Striker Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund is being shielded more than usual in light of his upcoming future decision with the Norwegian national football team. “He has an extremely important choice to make and is under pressure that few can understand,” said national coach Stale Solbakken, who was once under contract with 1. FC Köln.
One must therefore have “extreme understanding” that Haaland will probably hold back around the international matches against Slovakia and Armenia.
Solbakken spoke of an “extraordinary situation” in which Haaland had to be protected. “Every word and every sentence he says would be twisted, and the translation would certainly be a bit speculative,” he said. “I don’t want to pretend that it’s not a problem – because it is.”
Haaland (21) can leave BVB in the summer for a fixed transfer fee. The most likely destination is Manchester City, where his father Alf-Inge once played.