Haaland, 21, is expected to leave Dortmund at the end of the season, with top clubs in the Premier League as well as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain interested in his signing, according to ESPN sources.
“I don’t really want to say too much about it, but I felt it was time for me to say something.” Haaland said, in a interview with selected Bundesliga rights holders about why he felt he needed to publicly address the situation.
“A lot of others were speaking — so that was it. Now, I don’t want to say too much. I said what I said, and now we move on.”
Haaland, who scored in Dortmund’s 3-2 victory against Hoffenheim on Saturday before going off injured, told Norwegian TV channel Viaplay earlier this month that Dortmund had “started to put a lot of pressure” on his decision and it was “time to get things started.”
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke played down reports of a row between the club and player but did not deny Haaland’s claims that he was being pushed into a decision.
“There’s no problem with Erling,” Watzke told Dortmund newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten. “He is a spontaneous person. He’s allowed to do that. But he must also have some understanding for our situation — we can’t wait until the end of May.”