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Dortmund: where has Haaland gone?

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While rumors about his future have been feeding the transfer window sections for weeks, Erling Haaland is currently experiencing a slump. The Norwegian cyborg, who panicked the counters since the start of the season, has not scored for seven games, club and selection combined.

We cannot repeat it enough: in football, everything goes fast, very fast. Erling Haaland (20), who is still at the dawn of his career, is learning it the hard way. Again silent against Manchester City on Wednesday night in the Champions League quarter-final second leg (1-2), the Norwegian striker could not save Borussia Dortmund from elimination. Moreover, it has been several weeks since the cyborg, so impressive since the start of the season, no longer manages to carry his teams on his shoulders.

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Haaland has not scored since March 20 and his double against Cologne in the Bundesliga. An eternity for a player who has 33 goals in 35 games with BVB this season. If we count the three games played with Norway at the end of March, it has now been seven games that he has not scored. Admittedly, Haaland is still the top scorer in the Champions League (10 goals) and could well slap us a brace on Sunday against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. But his famine, the longest since his 16 years (in Norwegian D2), is something to question.

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In his defense, Haaland does not evolve with dominant teams, whether with Norway, in particular scattered by Turkey (3-0) in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, or with Dortmund, a tiny fifth in the Bundesliga . However, his slump came when his agent, the controversial Mino Raiola, set off on a tour of Europe in an attempt to find a new base for his colt. Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, both Manchester … Mino Raiola and Haaland’s father have increased their meetings with the leaders of European giants.

Parasitized by all the questions about his future?

Would rumors surrounding his future disrupt the Norwegian striker? Edin Terzic, his coach in Dortmund, brushed aside the possibility at a press conference. “I didn’t notice anything, we never talked about it. He was happy to meet us when he came back from the national team,” Terzic said. “And even if he has not scored for three matches (four, now, after the Manchester City meeting), he has always been a very important factor for us”, insisted the German-Croatian coach before the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League.

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We can not blame Dortmund for not doing everything to put his nugget in the best possible conditions by trying to extinguish all the rumors about him. At the start of the week, Michael Zorc, the sporting director of BVB, assured the club’s willingness to continue the adventure with Haaland. “We have a very clear plan to resume next season with Erling,” he hammered then. Parasite or not by all the questions around his future, one thing is certain: the last performances of the striker are not the best publicity to convince the clubs which would like to recruit him to raise the stakes. And that, Mino Raiola, will suit better than anyone.

Felix gabory Journalist RMC Sport

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