Dortmund chief claims Erling Haaland had become burden before Manchester City switch

Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has claims that Erling Haaland became a ‘burden’, before his move to Manchester City.

Haaland arrived in Manchester earlier this summer from Borussia Dortmund for £51m.

Despite his superb record in Germany, there were doubts over Haaland’s ability to do it in the Premier League and also about if he would fit into Pep Guardiola’s system.

However, seven games into the campaign and it is fair to say those doubts have been firmly put to bed.

Haaland has scored 10 and assisted one in six league games in 2022/23 so far for the Sky Blues.

He also netted a brace vs Sevilla in the Champions League earlier this week.

Despite Haaland’s success, though, it is the belief of Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl that his move to Man City was good:

“As much as we have always appreciated Erling and the success he has had with our shirt, in the end the matter had definitely become a burden, both in the dressing room and for the club. In general, for the whole environment, it was just him,” Kehl stated to Bild.

“The timing of the sale was right, both for us and for City. The fact that our first 10 goals this season have been scored by 10 different players proves it,” he added.

Dortmund are currently second in the Bundesliga having picked up four wins and one drawn from their opening five league games. They are not scoring too much, though, only netting eight from five, which is the lowest total of the current top-four.

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