Whether or not they play the next Champions League, Borussia Dortmund has enough resources to retain its star Erling Haaland in 2021/2022, Borussia president Hans-Joachim Watzke said in an interview broadcast by DAZN.
“It doesn’t matter what happens this season and the next, we don’t need to ask for a loan, sell players urgently or fire people”, says Watzke, in this interview published a few hours after the first leg of the quarterfinal of the Champions League between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, when his club suffered a lot financially from the COVID-19 crisis.
“We are not under pressure, which is a good starting point in the current situation,” he adds, reacting to alarmist words from Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels after Saturday’s defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, which relegated the club from the Ruhr seven points from a qualifying spot for the next Champions League, seven days from the end.
“Failure to qualify for the Champions League would be a sporting and financial catastrophe, and we are not far from it,” Hummels had launched hotly, specifying: “That has financial consequences, that can prevent us from buying a player we want or forcing us to sell another that we want to keep “.
The Borussia, which is listed on the stock exchange, announced losses of 26.3 million euros (31 million dollars) for the first six months of the current season and its turnover during the same period fell from 236.6 to 177.4 million euros (from 278.7 to 208.9 million dollars) .
Watzke, who is aware that the great maneuvers began in Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester City to attract the 20-year-old prodigy, wanted to relativize: “We will talk about it calmly with Erling, with his father and with his agent (Mino Raiola). We want to let him stay with us out of conviction, “he said.
The prodigy scorer has a contract with him BVB until 2024 and only has an exit clause from 2022. But it is difficult to imagine that a boy like him who has accumulated European records for two seasons agrees to go a whole year without playing in the Champions League.