Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland: "Talking about winning titles alone is not enough"
Erling Haaland has one main goal in mind at Borussia Dortmund and that is to end Bayern Munich's eight-year stranglehold on the Bundesliga title, but simply talking about the Meisterschale alone isn't enough for the star striker.
"Sometimes people say to me that I'm not normal," Haaland told SportBild. "Maybe they're right (laughs)."
Haaland has proved since joining Dortmund in January that he is most certainly far from normal. After winning the Bundesliga's Rookie and Player of the Month awards in his first month in the German top-flight, the Norway international maintained his level to end on 13 goals from 15 appearances in the Bundesliga alone, coming at a rate of one every 82 minutes.
Now, the 20-year-old wants to put his magic touch to use and to help him and his side achieve their biggest targets in 2020/21 and beyond.
"We have the quality to be champions, but talking alone is not enough. I have a long-term contract here until 2024 and it's my big goal to win the title with BVB and celebrate winning titles with our fans."
One of the main obstacles, of course, is 29-time champions Bayern.
"The way Bayern stay so consistent is impressive," Haaland said. "We have to continue our good development from the second half of last season and want to play with even more success next year."
Haaland also applies that need for continued development to himself. He may have scored 44 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund combined in 2019/20, but the Leeds-born forward is only getting started with what he wants to achieve.
"I always try to improve things, even if they're actually good already," Haaland said. "That drives me. I definitely have enough potential to continue to improve in many areas over the next 10 years. When I'm 30 years old, I have to see if I can really do everything. But maybe it will be even better then."
If Haaland can continue in his current form, he should be capable of achieving everything in the game long before he turns 30 in a decade's time.
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