Borussia Dortmund president Hans-Joachim Watzke has defended the club’s decision to sell star striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City.
And City confirmed, on Tuesday, the transfer of the player after he underwent medical examinations in Brussels, at noon today, Monday.
Speaking to CNN about the move, Watzke said: “This is the only way for us because when a player performs very well, we have to fight against big and big clubs with the oligarchs and Arab countries in the back.
“And this battle we can’t win, but we can win a battle against an 18-year-old player, like Judd Bellingham because this player loves to play in Borussia Dortmund because we always have 80,000 spectators, it’s a very good atmosphere and the club knows how to manage young players.
“That’s our way, well, we have a good department that is scouting for young players every day, but it’s also important if you have the player here, you have to develop him and I think that works…Most of the time, it works.”
Watzke further insisted that they would survive without the Norwegian as they had done before after selling stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.