Marco Rose expressed his best wishes to Erling Haaland but maintained that Borussia Dortmund "will not stop playing football" once the forward departs.
will not "stop playing football" as a result of Erling Haaland's exit, according to head coach Marco Rose, who also wished the soon-to-beManchester City
striker success in the future.
Haaland, who was one of the most highly prized players in the world, has accepted to join Man City.
The 21-year-old will now step into his father Alf-Inge Haaland's shoes, who played for the Cityzens from 2000 to 2003.
Since making his Dortmund debut in January 2020, Haaland has scored 85 goals, with 28 of those coming in 29 outings across all competitions this season.
Only Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski (1.13) has a higher ratio of goals per 90 minutes in all competitions than Haaland (1.1).
Personal conditions are a stumbling block for the transfer to City, but that is unlikely to be an issue given Pep Guardiola's desire to add a world-class striker to his star-studded team.
Dortmund replaced Haaland with Karim Adeyemi, a former teammate of Haaland's at Salzburg, and while Rose wishes the Norwegian star well in Manchester, he understands BVB will move on.
"Borussia Dortmund will not stop playing football after Erling leaves us. He decided to do his next step with City, we wish him all the best for that," Rose told a news conference ahead of Saturday's final game of the season, at home to relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin.
"I think he gave us a lot, gave us goals, gave us energy, he's a player who always wants to win.
"I think he still can improve, he is still young but we wish him all the best on his way. I've known him a little bit longer, I had him at Salzburg too, so we will follow him, I think we will meet again, I hope we will meet again. All the best to Erling Haaland."
On signing Adeyemi, Rose said:
"He's brutally fast and has a good finish, giving us a lot of flexibility on the offensive.
"Of course, he's still young, so we shouldn't overload him. We'll help him get used to BVB quickly."
Dortmund, who are certain of second place, have lost two of their past three Bundesliga home games (W1), which is more than they have in their previous 17 league games at Signal Iduna Park combined.
The last time BVB lost successiveBundesliga
games at home was in 2020. (three in a row).
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