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The Daily Bee: Watzke Downplays Raiola’s Erling Haaland Antics

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He dismissed the crazy agent’s interviews as his “idiosyncrasies”.

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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.

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