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Erling Haaland admits he felt ‘sorry’ for Robert Lewandowski

Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski
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The Norway international opened up on how he felt about being linked with a move to Bayern Munich.

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Erling Haaland felt ‘sorry’ for Robert Lewandowski after Bayern Munich attempted to sign him from Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland, who joined Manchester City instead in a €60 million deal in July, had several top European clubs on his radar. Bayern were among them. Reports claimed the club viewed the 22-year-old as a successor for the 34-year-old star man Lewandowski, who eventually left for Barcelona.

Bayern sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, has even admitted talks had taken place between the club and Haaland before the Norwegian signed for City.

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“If I try to imagine how Lewandowski thinks… I don’t know how many goals and titles he has for the club,” the Citizens frontman said in the documentary, ‘Haaland: The Big Decision’.

“Then I do actually feel a little sorry for him. At the same time, it’s a chance for him to take the next step in his career.

“It feels disrespectful, but at the same time, it is an opportunity for him.”

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Both strikers have enjoyed blistering starts at their new clubs this season. Haaland has scored 10 goals in only six Premier League games, while Lewandowski has supplied Barcelona with five goals in four LaLiga matches.