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Erling Braut Haaland officially joins Dortmund

Manchester United fans would be disappointed as their top transfer target, Erling Braut Haaland has decided to joins Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.

The 19-year-old decision has been applauded by many as a wise move, given his relatively young age.

He rose to fame following his explosive performance for Salzburg in Champions League, as he bagged eight goals in six matches as well as scoring 16 goals in 14 Austrian Bundesliga matches.

He was seen travelling to Dortmund few weeks ago and keen with a move despite interest from Bundesliga leaders Leipzig and Man United.

Haaland officially signed for 21 million euros, earned over 150,000 euros a week in a five-year deal which will keep him at the club until June 30, 2024.

“I had several intense conversations with the club’s management team,” said Haaland. “In particular with Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and coach Lucien Favre.

“Right from the very start, I knew I wanted to move here. I can’t wait to get started and play in front of over 80,000 fans in the incredible Dortmund atmosphere. I’m so excited.”

Despite receiving numerous offers from some of the biggest clubs in Europe, Haaland has decided that the best option for his career is to come and join our project here at BVB,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke, Chief Executive Officer of Borussia Dortmund.

Sporting director Michael Zorc, who led the negotiations with Haaland and his representatives, was equally positive in his assessment.

“We can all look forward to having an ambitious, athletic, physically imposing forward here at the club.

“Haaland boasts a real eye for goal and impressive speed, and we are confident that we can develop him even further here in Dortmund.

“At just 19 years of age, he is at the very start of what promises to be an incredible career!”

Haaland will join up with this new teammates on January 3.