Fans slam Dortmund’s ‘small club mentality’ after over-the-top Haaland goodbye

Fans have slammed Borussia Dortmund as a "small club" after their over-the-top ceremony bidding farewell to Erling Haaland.

The Norway international is set to leave the Bundesliga outfit this summer after agreeing a deal to sign for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola was desperate to bring in a striker and there are not many better in the world than Haaland.

With the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona also chasing, City will trigger the 21-year-old's release clause, worth a reported £53million. While the actual fee has been heralded as a bargain, the forward's wages will see him earn around the same as Kevin de Bruyne – who is on £350,000-a-week.

Haaland was keen for a deal to be announced prior to the end of the season so that he could give the Dortmund fans a proper send-off. And the club obliged – and more – with their last game of the season coming at home against Hertha Berlin.

In a ceremony that could be described as excessive, the players applauded Haaland as he was presented with a bouquet of flowers and took pictures with members of the Dortmund board on the Signal Iduna Park. Fans stayed behind far beyond the end of the game as Haaland made his way around the ground, soaking it all in, as his teammates continued to clap.

He was then given a guard of honour, while it might be pertinent to point out that Haaland spent just over two years at the club and did not even reach 100 appearances for the club.

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Fans watched on with bemusement, including this one who said: "I used to think Dortmund are one of the big clubs in Germany. But mann. This is not a big club mentality."

Another wrote: "Been there for 2 years btw. Dortmund is just a glorified youth academy." While another savagely put: "That’s why Dortmund is the smallest club in the world."

And a fourth fan took it even further by tweeting: "This is embarrassing, the clubs acting like he's won league titles lol, I feel sorry for Dortmund fans, no wonder the club haven't won the league in a decade, stop celebrating mediocrity, Erling is an excellent player whose scored goals, he's chosen to leave the club, so what?"

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