Good morning, everyone! Happy Monday.
A few days after Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola made headlines by publicly trying to convince Barcelona and Real Madrid to purchase the talented striker, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has downplayed Raiola’s interview. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Watzke chalked up his actions to Raiola’s “idiosyncrasies”:
I don’t even read through all of this anymore. I’ve known Mino for a long time and get on well with him. You have to embrace your idiosyncrasies. But he also knows the peculiarities of Borussia Dortmund. As far as I’m concerned, he can give a new interview every day. It’s not a problem for us.
A few other journalists and outlets have reported that Watzke also explicitly re-affirmed that Haaland would be staying in Dortmund. I should point out that RN didn’t include this particular line in their coverage, so Romano and Goal could be referring to a separate interview Watzke did a few weeks ago. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, I’m just saying that across the several more trustworthy sources I’ve searched, I haven’t found that exact quote.
Axel Witsel’s wife has given birth to Aydji! Welcome to the latest Borusse!
Lille Inch Closer to Ligue 1 Title
With three games remaining in Ligue 1, Lille OSC are within spitting distance of a Ligue 1 title. After a 2-0 victory against OGC Nice, Lille now face arguably their biggest remaining hurdle next weekend: a match against their local rivals RC Lens. If they can win this match, only the bottom-half teams Saint-Étienne and Stade de Reims stand in their way.
Internazionale Clinch Serie A!
After a decade of dominance by Juventus, the Italian league finally has a new champions. Not only did Inter dethrone Juve, but they downright buried them. After a win against Crotone over the weekend, Inter now sit 15 points above Atalanta and Juve.
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