The highly-rated talent rejected a move to Manchester United in the summer.
Instead, he didn’t commit a mistake and is already proving his worth.
Erling Haaland has used the example of Kylian Mbappe to show he still has significant room for improvement despite a superb start to life at Borussia Dortmund. “I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players in the world,” Haaland said in an interview with the Bundesliga’s official website.
“I knew when I was young that I was good, but you know, it’s also a long way to go. When I got my first professional contract in Bryne, I was thinking ‘this is a good thing’. Also, when I was in Salzburg, I started scoring goals there, but if I’m realistic, I look at Kylian Mbappe, he’s scoring, he’s banging in goals in Ligue 1, so you know, you can always reach a higher level in football.”
Following a January move from Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland scored eight goals in his first four appearances for Dortmund, despite starting his opening two games on the bench – exploits that saw him named Bundesliga player of the month for January on Friday.
The teenager has understandably drawn high praise for his initial impact in Germany’s top flight, which followed a series of eye-catching displays in the Champions League as he contributed eight goals in six outings for Salzburg. For the time being, the 19-year-old believes he still has work to do to emulate the feats of his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, a defender and midfielder who represented the likes of City and Leeds.