Dietmar Hamann SLAMS ‘unspeakable, disrespectful cheek’ of Erling Haaland’s father and agent Mino Raiola for their attempts to spark European bidding war… as he also attacks Dortmund chiefs’ lack of leadership for being ‘afraid of upsetting’ star man
- Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Frankfurt in a blow to their top-four hopes
- It comes days after Erling Haaland’s father and agent were seen in Barcelona
- The move will likely start a bidding war for the highly-rated 20-year-old striker
- Dietmar Hamann slammed Dortmund’s lack of leadership to control the situation
- The ex-Liverpool man also slammed Haaland’s father and agent Mino Raiola
Dietmar Hamann has slammed Erling Haaland’s father and agent for trying to orchestrate a move mid-season after Borussia Dortmund were beaten again on Saturday.
The German giants were beaten 2-1 at home by top-four Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday which leaves them seven points behind the Champions League places with seven games to go.
The defeat comes after the father of Dortmund star striker Haaland, Alf Inge, and agent Mino Raiola were spotted in Spain this week negotiating deals with Barcelona and Real Madrid, with reports stating the pair also discussed potential deals with Premier League teams.
Didi Hamann slammed the entourage of Erling Haaland (above) after another Dortmund defeat
The striker’s dad Alf-Inge (left) and agent Mino Raiola (right) were seen in Barcelona this week
According to German news outlet BILD, Dortmund approved the pair’s highly-discussed trip to Spain but Hamann slammed the Bundesliga club – led by interim coach Edin Terzic and sporting director Michael Zorc – for allowing the visit just days before a crucial match.
Liverpool icon Hamman told Sky Germany: ‘It’s the most important game of the season and you are not able to address this behaviour because you are afraid to upset the player.
‘Dortmund should think about why the players are always walking all over them. They lack leadership there.
‘The behaviour of Haaland’s father and Raiola is unspeakable, disrespectful, a cheek. If he wants to go, let him go.
Hamann (above) claims Dortmund lack leadership over the Haaland situation and slammed ‘unspeakable, disrespectful cheek’ of the forward’s father and agent
‘Dortmund paid a lot of money for an 18-year-old, he should be happy that he can play there.’
Haaland is one of the most highly-rated forwards in the world after scoring 33 goals in 32 matches in all competitions so far this season.
The 20-year-old’s Dortmund tally now stands at 49 goals in 50 games since his £17million move from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed last month that Manchester City are leading the race for Haaland’s signature, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also at the negotiating table.
Haaland went four games without a goal on Saturday in Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Frankfurt
The result means Dortmund have a slim chance of being in the Champions League next season
Though it appears Barcelona are also in the discussion after both Alf Inge Haaland and Raiola were picked up by Joan Laporta’s assistant from Barcelona airport on Thursday morning.
If he were to move on in a big-money move, Haaland would be the latest in a host of Dortmund stars to quit the club for big-money in recent years.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic have all been moved on to Europe’s elite for significant profits.
BILD reported over the weekend that Dortmund would not be open to entertaining bids of less than £100m for their star striker, even though the Norwegian has not scored in his last four matches for club and country.
Haaland is one of the most highly-rated strikers in the world with 33 goals so far this season
But Dortmund’s latest defeat on Saturday, which came courtesy of Andre Silva’s late strike after Dortmund defender Mats Hummels cancelled out an early Nico Schulz own goal, has minimised Dortmund’s chances of reaching next season’s Champions League.
Dortmund now have to make up a huge deficit on Frankfurt in fourth-place, though the German side could qualifying should they win this season’s Champions League.
The Ruhr-land club face Premier League champions-elect Manchester City in the quarter-finals and would play one of Bayern Munich or PSG in the semi-finals should they beat Pep Guardiola’s side.
Speaking about their top-four hopes, Hummels said after the Frankfurt defeat: ‘The chances are slim, we have to be very clear. That would be a sporting and financially a disaster, we are now close (to that).’
Dortmund sporting director Zorc added: ‘We have to admit that the performance wasn’t one where we should have won the game.’