On the international trip, Erling Haaland talks about the death of his former advisor Mino Raiola and the departure from Borussia Dortmund. The last few months have been “hard” for the Norwegian.

In his own words, star striker Erling Haaland has had a difficult time. “It was a tough few months, it wasn’t easy,” the 21-year-old said at a press conference for the Norwegian national team in Oslo on Monday.

The attacker, who switched from Borussia Dortmund to English champions Manchester City, will meet Serbia, twice Sweden and Slovenia in the Nations League.

Above all, the death of his advisor Mino Raiola at the end of April hit him hard. “That was very difficult. It made things different. You can imagine what I went through, it was a bit of everything,” said the visibly moved Haaland: “But I won’t complain, I like my life.”

At the same time, he emphasized that he had given everything for Dortmund despite the fuss about his transfer. “It was’nt easy. But I did what I could for Dortmund for two and a half years,” said the striker.

He was able to hide the speculation about his move well: “I want to focus on football and hide everything else, even if it’s a plumber who comes to my house the next day. I’m good at blocking things out and focusing on one thing: on-pitch performance.”

The 21-year-old did not want to talk about his future employer, which Haaland is expected to present in mid-June, as national coach Staale Solbakken explained before Haaland’s appearance.

In his own words, Haaland is now injury-free and is “tremendously” looking forward to the Nations League games. In the spring he was injured for weeks and was absent from BVB. On Monday evening, he and his colleagues had to visit Norway’s King Harald V.

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