Erling Braut Haaland has praised Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but has rubbished ‘comical’ suggestions that a move to Old Trafford broke down over his excessive wage demands.
The teenage forward attracted the interest of some of Europe’s leading clubs following his prolific goalscoring exploits for RB Salzburg, eventually leaving the Austrian champions last month to complete a move to Borussia Dortmund – making an immediate impact at the Bundesliga side with eight goals in his first five appearances for the club.
Prior to his move to Germany, however, Haaland was linked with a move to join compatriot and former Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Premier League, though has now dismissed suggestions that a move failed to materialise due to wages and the demands of agent Mino Raiola.
“No, it’s the guys writing would have to speak to that,” he told Viasport.
“They’ll have to explain it to me if they meet me. It’s not my focus, whatsoever.
“It’s kind of comical if I were to get that label. All the people closest to me know that’s not the kind of person I am. It’s really been kind of comical.”
Haaland has now opened up on his decision having also held talks with both Manchester United and RB Leipzig, and while admitting the ‘important’ role Solskjaer played in his development at former side Molde, he insists Dortmund were the best option for the development of his career.
🚨@ErlingHaaland 🗣️JanAageFjortoft 🚨
❇️ Launched Dortmund as option himself
❇️ Says Solskjær was too late
❇️ Calls «greedy» label laughable
❇️ Thanks Mino Raiola for support pic.twitter.com/IcwABs5rHd
— Viaplay Fotball (@ViaplayFotball) February 13, 2020
“The process was pretty simple on my end,” Haaland said.
“[I] just really played football, and wasn’t very involved until the first half of the season was over. So I didn’t have much to do with it to be honest. The process was to find the best possible club for me.
“Ole Gunnar has been very important for me in getting to where I am today. But we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me.
“That was where I felt best about, and therefore it became Dortmund.”
Haaland was also full of praise for super-agent Raiola despite criticism of the 52-year-old’s influence on proceedings, insisting the controversial Italian-born Dutchman is ‘the best in the world at what he does’.
“He’s the best in the world at what he does, as simple as that. He’s the best agent.
“He gets a lot of negativity, and that’s probably because he’s doing such a great job for those he’s working for. He has helped a lot and he’s a good guy to have around.”