Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has defended the club’s decicion to sell star striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City.
The transfer of the player was confirmed by City on Tuesday after undergoing medical tests in Brusells on Monday afternoon.
Speaking to CNN on the transfer, Watzke said: “That’s the only way for us because when a player performs very well, we have to fight against the big, big, big clubs with the oligarchs and the Arabian states at their back.
“And this fight we cannot win, but we can win a fight over an 18-year-old player, like Jude Bellingham because this player loves to play at Borussia Dortmund because we have always 80,000 spectators, it’s a very good atmosphere and the club knows how to manage young players.
“That’s our way and, okay, we have a good department who are scouting young players every day, but it’s also very important if you have the player here, you must develop him and I think that works … most of the time, it works.”
Watzke further insisted that they will survive without the Norwegian as they have done before after the sale of stars like Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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