Haaland philosophical about Sancho exit

18 July 2021 16:53:50 GMTPlus10

Erling Haaland has admitted it's "sad" Borussia Dortmund have lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United but believes they can cope well enough without him.

Marco Rose's side are 6.00 to secure the Bundesliga title next season, which would be the club's first since they triumphed in 2011/2012.

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Sancho, who began his career with Watford and then Manchester City, made 137 appearances for Dortmund in total, scoring 50 goals, but he has agreed a big-money switch to United this summer.

The England winger has also played 22 games for his country, scoring three goals, and most recently played in the Three Lions' Euro 2020 campaign, making three appearances.

Sancho and Haaland between them notched 35 goals and 17 assists for Dortmund last season and the latter admits he didn't want his former team-mate to move on as they had such a fine partnership.

However, he is staying positive about the future. He said: "Me and Jadon understood each other very well and he's a top player. So of course it's sad that he goes, but that's how it is and that's football. You never know what will happen."

Asked about who he thought in the Dortmund side could step up and replace Sancho, Haaland stated that they have strength in depth.

He added: "I think that there's a lot of other good players that I have a good relationship with and it can become even better. We have to see who I match the best with."

Dortmund recovered after a poor start last season to finish third in the Bundesliga with 64 points, 14 behind title winners Bayern Munich.

The Black and Yellows begin their campaign this time around against Eintracht Frankfurt at home on the 14th August.

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