Erling Haaland’s release clause, Man City departure strategy, and “dressing room burden” explained
Erling Haaland is one of the most talked-about players in the Premier League, and it’s easy to see why.
As one would expect, the 22-year-future old’s is frequently discussed, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in signing the Norwegian, and the striker admitting – via his father – that he, too, would like to try his luck elsewhere.
So, with that in mind, here are three of the most recent stories about Haaland and his future.
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In the summer transfer window, Haaland signed a five-year deal with Manchester City.
On paper, it appears ideal for the Premier League champions because they can keep the forward until he is at least 27. But, of course, there is a catch.
The value of the release clause then decreases as the Norwegian’s contract with Man City expires, encouraging interested clubs to make a move to sign Haaland.
Of course, triggering a release clause does not mean that the player will leave, but it does allow Haaland to negotiate with a new side. Furthermore, £175.5m is a significant outlay, so City will profit from their investment.
However, it will not deter Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain from making a move, with the latter famously spending more than that amount on Neymar in 2017.
Haaland hasn’t spoken publicly about his future plans, but his father, Alf-Inge, has on several occasions.
In the documentary ‘Haaland: The Big Decision,’ Alf-Inge previously stated: “I believe Erling wishes to demonstrate his abilities in all leagues. Then he can stay at Manchester City for three or four years at most. He could be in Germany for two and a half years, England for two and a half years, and then Spain, Italy, and France, right? “.
“On our list, I believe City is the best team,” he added. “Munich is ranked second. Real Madrid is third, and Paris Saint-Germain is fourth. We also have some good English teams besides City. Liverpool and Chelsea. There is also Barcelona. They are in the same row.”
He later told France Football: “My impression is that he wants to show that he can win in any of the major leagues. He was in Germany for two and a half years and could do something similar in the future.
“Staying in the Premier League for three years before moving to Italy, Spain, or France. There’s nothing certain about it, but Erling is capable of being a winner on any team.”
Currently, it is clear that Haaland is scope at the Etihad and has no plans to leave, but it appears that he will part ways with City at some point.
Burden of the dressing room
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Sebastian Kehl, sporting director at Borussia Dortmund, knows how difficult it can be to deal with a transfer involving such a high-profile figure, having overseen the Norwegian’s departure to Manchester City.
Kehl claims the situation has made Haaland a “burden” on the team, which City may have to deal with when his release clause expires.
Kehl told the German publication Sport Bild: “As much as we loved Haaland and he was successful with us, he eventually became a burden on the dressing room, the club, and the entire environment.
“He had become the topic of every conversation. Outside the club, almost everything was centered on him. In the end, the timing of the transfer was ideal for both parties. And we’re all happy for Erling’s continued success.”
- Erling Haaland’s release clause, Man City departure strategy, and “dressing room burden” explained