Manchester City rising star Erling Haaland confessed that he “felt sorry” for how former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski left the club. Note that Bayern Munich tried to sign Haaland but failed to replace the 34-year-old Polish striker with the Norwegian hitman.
It was reported then that Lewandowski fell out with Bayern because of their plans to buy a fellow striker like Haaland without carrying him along. But the Polish striker has since debunked that being the reason he decided to leave Bayern for FC Barcelona.
The German side could have beaten Manchester City to sign Haaland as the 22-year-old was on Bayern’s radar earlier this year.
Erling Haaland scored 86 goals in just 89 games for the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund; an outstanding performance that made Bayern and other giants clubs chase him.
Bayern were so much interested to enlist The 22-year-old Norwegian striker into their team that Haaland was even filmed pondering over his next move. Haaland’s “Big Decision” footage confirmed Bayern Munich’s interest in him then.
The German giants had previously denied they showed any interest in Haaland but in a recent interview with Skysport, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic revealed that truly the Bundesliga champions attempted to lure the striker to the club.
Hasan said: “We were in talks [for Haaland], but it became clear that things might not work out that way for both sides. That’s why he’s at Manchester City now and that’s why we have other players.”
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland’s father Alf Inge Haaland, who was once a former Manchester City midfielder was not happy with the way Bayern refuted their apparent interest in his son.
He said: “They have shown interest, they have. I understand that they want to protect themselves. If he doesn’t end up there they will say ‘it was never on the agenda, we already have the best striker’.”
Eventually, Haaland successfully moved to the Premier League club Manchester City, while Robert Lewandowski bid Bayern farewell and joined a Spanish side, FC Barcelona.
However, Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland has revealed how he felt during his transfer process and how sorry he felt as Bayern Munich sought after him while they already have Robert Lewandowski on their squad list.
Haaland said: “If I try to imagine how Lewandowski thinks…I don’t know how many goals and titles he has for the club. Then I do feel a little sorry for him.
At the same time, it’s a chance for him to take the next step in his career. It feels disrespectful, but at the same time it is an opportunity for him.”
Robert Lewandowski is recognized for his positioning, skills, and finishing. The Barcelona star is considered one of the best strikers of all time, as well as one of the most successful footballers in Bundesliga history.
Lewandowski has scored over 600 senior career goals for both club and country. Upon joining Barcelona this summer, Lewandowski has featured in four games in which he scored five goals.
While Manchester City have also been reaping handsomely from Haaland’s outstanding performance since he joined the club this summer.
The 24-year-old City striker has already made a tremendous impact on Pep Guardiola’s side, having scored 10 goals in just six Premier League matches; including two hat-tricks within four days against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.
Haaland was on the scoresheet again as he gave Manchester City an opening goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa before an equalizer came from Leon Bailey.
However, despite Haaland’s outstanding performance, especially this season, the Norwegian star has confessed that he envies how football legend Lewandowski scores “he is crazy…he scores as crazy” Haaland reacted