The general manager of Borussia Dortmund has assured that his club is in good health and will not sell off any player next summer.
Fifth in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund may not qualify for the next Champions League. BVB are set to have a turbulent summer as rumors of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland departures gain momentum over the weeks. Some even state a need to sell for Borussia Dortmund if ever the club does not qualify for the C1 in order to compensate for the financial shortfall brought by participation in this competition. In an interview with BBC Sport, Hans-Joachim Watzke wanted to put the church back in the middle of the village and make the various contenders of its best players understand one thing: Borussia Dortmund does not need to sell and does not intend to sell off its best elements.
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“When Covid-19 hit, we had no debt. Not a euro. Because of that, it’s a comfortable situation. We don’t have to sell a player. It’s important. The rich clubs of the world, they have to know when they want a Borussia Dortmund player, there are two possibilities. The first is that I tell them they don’t stand a chance. Other times I will tell them “here is the price”. Then they have to know that this is the price, it is not another price. We are very clear. We are very honest“, asserted the leader of Borussia Dortmund.
This is exactly the position Borussia Dortmund took on the Jadon Sancho dossier last summer. The English press announced that Manchester United could sign Sancho for an amount exceeding 100 million euros. Manchester United felt it was overkill, but the price didn’t come down and the England international stayed in the Ruhr area. This year, the same pattern is repeated but with the Erling Haaland phenomenon. And the least we can say is that the general manager of Borussia Dortmund is fed up.
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“I have enough”, said Watzke. “Last summer, everyone in England, everyone in Europe, every reporter told the audience: “Jadon Sancho will play for Manchester United or elsewhere”. But he still plays for Borussia Dortmund. Now everyone writes: “Erling Haaland will play next season for Real Madrid or for FC Barcelona”, or for such and such a team. The only way is to deal with September 1 and see where it plays. I think I know where he will play but that’s all I have to say. “
Mino Raiola’s high-profile trip to Spain to discuss a potential transfer from Erling Haaland to Barcelona or Real Madrid has only fueled rumors around the Norwegian center-forward. However, Watzke appears to have a good relationship with the charismatic and controversial agent: “Mino is a special guy. He wants to do the best deal for his player. It’s his job. I know Mino very well. Mino knows me very well. We have no problem. Everyone knows what the other wants to do “.
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Borussia Dortmund’s general manager explained his club’s strategy, sending Pep Guardiola around € 886.5 million since joining the Citizens and who allows himself to criticize other spendthrift clubs: “In the last five years they’ve spent almost a billion euros on new players. In five years. Who has the chance to do that? He doesn’t have to criticize other clubs. Our strategy is working wonderfully but it is difficult to develop a team like that because after two or three years these young players, if they play very, very well, like Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho, then the biggest clubs in Europe want to buy them , but that’s the only way for Borussia Dortmund to function “.
Finally, Watzke spoke of Borussia Dortmund’s chances of eliminating Manchester City: “Before the first match in Manchester, my opinion was that we have a 10% chance. Now we have a much better percentage. I don’t know how many but it looks not bad because we know they failed the last three times in the quarterfinals. If we score the first goal maybe it will come to their minds. I know Pep Guardiola very well. He is one of the best coaches in the world. But it’s clear, if you’re the coach of Manchester City and they’ve spent so much money on the team, in Abu Dhabi they want to win the Champions League. “