Raiola explains why Haaland snubbed United for Dortmund – “BVB had the balls to sign him”

Mino Raiola explained why Erling Haaland snubbed Manchester United for Borussia Dortmund, saying that the potential was better in Germany.

Haaland is one of the most sought-after players in world football at the moment. He is a lethal striker who has been banging in the goals left, right and centre, and has been doing it in Germany and in Europe.

His exploits at RB Salzburg caught the attention of Europe’s elite clubs, who were all scrambling for his signature at the time. The Norwegian ended up choosing Black and Yellow, and has been with them ever since.

Raiola explained why Haaland snubbed United for Dortmund, saying that one team wanted him more than the other.

“Negotiations with him were persistent. But it is (Dortmund Sporting Director Michael) Zorc’s credit that Erling plays at BVB today,” he told Sport1.

“I am a car fan. When you have a choice between a Mercedes S63 AMG or an Audi RS6, that’s difficult, isn’t it? Both are good cars.

PA: Erling Haaland
Haaland (pictured) was sold on Dortmund more than United. Source: PA

“Erling was faced with the decision at the time. And Zorc clearly demonstrated the advantages of his S63 AMG over the RS6. He sold the club in such a way that Erling said, ‘I’ll see myself there. I can develop here.’

“BVB has developed enormously. He can be an example for the international football world. Dortmund bring absolute super talents.”


“Back then, they had the balls to sign someone like Erling, who was still quite unknown, but cost a lot of money,” he continued his explanation.

“Haaland, (Jude) Bellingham, (Jadon) Sancho, these are major investments that are worthwhile. If they had hesitated a year, they could never have bought these players. Now everyone looks appreciatively at Dortmund.”

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