Mino Raiola Reveals Juventus Planned to Put Erling Haaland in Under-23 Team

Mino Raiola Reveals Juventus Planned to Put Erling Haaland in Under-23 Team
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Mino Raiola has claimed his client Erling Haaland didn’t move to Juventus in January because the Serie A champions ‘would have put him in the Under-23 squad’.

In January, the Old Lady were among the top clubs chasing the Norwegian youngster’s signature but Haaland ended up at Borussia Dortmund and has scored 13 goals in 12 games for Die Schwarzgelben.

The striker has taken his seasonal tally up to 41 goals in 34 competitive games between RB Salzburg and BVB, and Raiola claims he chose Dortmund over Juventus because of playing time.

“Why didn’t Haaland move to Juventus? They would have put him in the Under-23 squad,” Raiola told Italian outlet La Repubblica

The 19-year-old has had a prolific strike-rate for Dortmund, and scored on Saturday as Dortmund beat rivals Schalke 4-0, as the Bundesliga restarted at the weekend.

Manchester United were also linked with the 19-year-old and there’s no doubt that both these European giants may well be regretting not signing Haaland, who is one of the most in-form strikers in Europe’s top leagues.

But it is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who Steve Nicol believes has the upper hand due to them being a more attractive proposition given their recent successes.

“In five years time we don’t know who is going to be top of the tree,” Nicol told ESPN FC (h/t the Daily Express).

“Whoever it is, that’s the move for him because what he has shown us up until now is he looks like the real deal. He is like the heir to the throne of the best forward in the world and that means you play for the best team.”

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