Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels has warned his teammate Erling Haaland that ‘the grass is not always greener on the other side’ ahead of next summer’s transfer window.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City have had an interest in Haaland, who has established himself as one of the world’s best strikers with 68 goals in 67 games since moving to Germany.
He is also still only 21 years old, and does not surprisingly attract interest from some of the world’s biggest clubs, including the two Manchester sides.
United had settled on Haaland as their priority center forward goal in last summer’s market, but chose not to sign a striker after Edinson Cavani decided to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
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Instead, United recruited Jadon Sancho from Dortmund and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the club on deadline day to further reduce the club’s need for a new striker.
However, that is not the case for City, who failed in their attempt to sign Harry Kane in the window and are likely to be in the market for a frontman again next year as they aim to finally replace Sergio Aguero.
Dortmund were determined to keep Haaland this season at least after losing Sancho, and did so, but the Norwegian is likely to travel next summer when a reported release clause in his contract takes effect, which is said to be 75 million euros worth.
However, midfielder Hummels has warned Haaland that things may not be as good for him elsewhere as in Dortmund.
The German international himself left Signal Iduna Park for Bayern Munich before returning, then understands the predicament his teammate is in and that a move is not necessarily the best, so he does not think it is a prior conclusion, that Haaland will leave.
“I would fully understand that he would stay because things are really good in Dortmund, because he knows what he has here. I have far from given up on the hope that he will stay for a long time, “said Hummels to Sport Bild.
“The grass is not always greener on the other side. You really have to be aware of that in football.
“It is very worthwhile if you have a good environment, feel comfortable with the guys and can also have real success.
“You have to appreciate it, it is not given in every club. So we have a lot to offer Erling. ”
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