Erling Braut Haaland was convinced to snub Manchester United in favour of Borussia Dortmund after being shown a ‘special video’ by the Bundesliga side.
The Norwegian international would emerge as one of the most highly coveted young talents in world football following a prolific spell with Austrian champions RB Salzburg, with Manchester United amongst a host of leading sides to have expressed an interest in signing the teenager prior to his move to German football.
Haaland was heavily tipped for a move to Old Trafford to join compatriot and former Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though it would be Dortmund who would win the race for his signature, securing the forward in a deal worth a reported €22.5m.
The 19-year-old has since enjoyed a blistering start to his career at the club, scoring eight times in his first four appearances, and the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed a ‘special video’ showing the German side’s famed support and their ‘Yellow Wall’ which convinced Haaland of his next move.
“He seemed to like it!” Zorc told Sport Bild.
“We had to reach high to sign Erling and it’s no secret that other well-known clubs were working hard to get him.
“I was like a little boy (when he spoke with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola on Christmas Eve to confirm the deal).
“This combination of robustness, quality of finishing, good technique and his speed makes Erling special. In our first conversations there was already a positive atmosphere and we both felt good. Erling and BVB – it fits 100 percent.
“[He also has a] tremendous personality and that suits Borussia Dortmund, our stadium and our fans. That is what defines our club and is exactly what Erling was looking for. Such an atmosphere inspires him – he explodes on the pitch.
“Nevertheless, we will ensure that expectations do not rise immeasurably.”