Raiola reveals Juventus 'would have put Haaland in Under-23 squad'
Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola reveals Borussia Dortmund striker turned down a move to Juventus in January as they ‘wanted to put him in their UNDER-23 squad’
- Erling Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January
- The Norwegian 19-year-old scored as the Bundesliga returned on Saturday
- He has now scored a prolific 13 goals in 12 appearances for his new club
- Juve were interested in signing him but had different plans for his development
Mino Raiola has claimed his client Erling Haaland didn’t move to Juventus in January because the Serie A champions ‘would have put him in the Under-23 squad’.
After impressing in the Champions League with Red Bull Salzburg in the first half of the 2019-20 season, 19-year-old Haaland moved to Dortmund in January for £17m.
However, Juve were also interested in the Norwegian striker, who has gone on to score 13 goals in 12 appearances for Dortmund, but his agent Raiola has revealed why Haaland opted against a move to Turin.
Erling Haaland scored on the Bundesliga’s return and has been prolific for Borussia Dortmund
Mino Raiola has revealed Juventus wanted to place Haaland in their Under-23 squad
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‘Why Haaland didn’t move to Juventus? They would have put him in the Under-23 squad,’ Raiola told Italian outlet La Repubblica.
The Old Lady may well be regretting not signing Haaland, who is one of the most in-form strikers in Europe’s top leagues.
The 19-year-old has a prolific strike-rate for Dortmund, and scored on Saturday as Dortmund beat rivals Schalke 4-0, as the Bundesliga restarted at the weekend.
The result put Dortmund a point behind leaders Bayern Munich in the table, before the champions beat Union Berlin 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead back to four points.
Juventus were interested in the 19-year-old but Haaland opted to move to the Bundesliga
Haaland cooly slots in the opening goal on Saturday during Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Schalke
He has now scored 41 goals in 34 competitive games this season, showing why he favoured first-team minutes over progressing in a youth setup.
Haaland’s deal with Dortmund includes a £63m release clause which can be activated in July 2021.
Former England manager Fabio Capello has suggested Haaland would be an ‘ideal’ fit for Premier League leaders and European champions Liverpool.
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