Erling Haaland decided to join Borussia Dortmund as the ‘whole club’ wanted to sign the forward, according to the player’s father Alfe-Inge.
The Norwegian sensation burst onto the scene with RB Salzburg this season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions including becoming the first teenager to score in five consecutive Champions League fixtures.
Haaland’s prolific goalscoring exploits attracted the interest of several of Europe’s leading clubs, though it was Borussia Dortmund who won the race for his signature, where he has since enjoyed a stunning start in German football with nine goals in just eight Bundesliga appearances.
Manchester United were amongst the club’s to hold a strong interest in signing the 19-year-old during the January transfer window, however, Haaland senior has now revealed Dortmund’s desire to sign the youngster – at all levels of the club – which secured the signing of one of world’s football’s most promising talents.
“You never know how it would go in other clubs. It may well have been good, too,” he told Norwegian outlet, TV2.
“We’ll never get an answer to that. But we are very happy with the clubs he has been in.
“You have to go to a club where the whole club wants you, not just the coach.
“I think that’s the most important thing, in addition to how the club has been over the last five or 10 years and what direction they’ve taken.”