Play or not next time Champions League, Borussia Dortmund you have enough resources to conserve your freak Erling Haaland in 2021/2022, assures the Borussia patron, Hans-Joachim Watzke, in an interview released Tuesday 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, a few hours into the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between Manchester
City and Borussia Dortmund, when his club suffered a lot financially from the covid crisis.
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“We are not under pressure, which is a good starting point in the current situation,” he adds, reacting to alarmist words from Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund defender, following Saturday’s defeat against the Unity de Fráncfort, which relegated the Ruhr club to seven points from a qualifying berth for the next Champions League, seven days from the end.
“Failing 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.
Borussia, which is listed on the stock exchange, announced losses of 26.3 million euros ($ 31 million) 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 him to 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.