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Haaland one of the best strikers in Europe and the world, says Freund

Fri 24 April 2020 | 8:31

Salzburg boss, Christoph Freund, has no doubt that Erling Haaland is one of the best strikers in Europe and in the world, if not the best, for the next decade.

In Freund's opinion, Haaland, who's been signed for Borussia Dortmund, has the potential to become the best striker in the world.

Haaland had a brilliant start at Dortmund with 12 goals he scored since he joined the club in January, however, he actually came into spotlight when he scored a hat-trick as a substitute in his debut against Augsburg, attracting the attention of LaLiga giants, Real Madrid.

Before making his way to Dortmund, Haaland played in the Austrian Bundesliga for Salzburg where he could develop his potentials as a top player.

Salzburg sporting director, Christoph Freund, signed the Norway international when he was 17, and saw all the potentials a great player could have in him.

"It doesn't surprise me," Freund told AS when asked about Haaland's early scoring exploits for Dortmund.

"I have known him for a year and a half and Erling has it all, he is exceptional as a footballer and for his character. He is focused on improving.

"You never know what can happen one hundred per cent in the future, but I see him playing in a great club and being one of the best strikers in Europe and the world, if not the best, for the next decade. His potential is enormous."

Juventus were among the clubs who wanted to sign Haaland from Molde, but Freund believes Salzburg's reputation for developing talent - including current Liverpool duo Naby Keita and Sadio Mane - helped them secure his signature.

"He had a lot of offers. We showed him, with examples, that other young people had come before him and how they made the jump," he said.

"It was a very smart decision, on the part of Erling and his father [Alf-Inge Haaland], not to sign at 17 for a great club. He saw that he could evolve fast here."

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