As of Wednesday, Sébastien Haller is officially a Borussia Dortmund player. The 28-year-old penned a deal until 2026 and will try to fill Erling Haaland’s sizeable shoes. In his first interview with the club, the French-Ivorian talked about his mission to unseat Bayern Munich and his anticipation of scoring in front of the Yellow Wall.
“I’m happy, I’m proud to be a Borussia Dortmund player,” Haller told BVB, adding: “It was a great opportunity for me. I had a good connection with the club officials and also a few players. Now I’m here, and I want to be successful. Dortmund is the biggest rival of Bayern Munich. The goal is to fight with them and be first. Why not?”
The Black and Yellows pay Ajax a reported fee of 31 million euros for the Ivory international, who scored 21 goals in 31 Eredivisie last season and a record-breaking 11 goals in eight Champions League appearances, while providing eight assists.
“I’m a strong striker. I try to play simple,” Haller explained about his playing style. “My job is to be in the box at the right moment to score goals. I love scoring goals, it’s my main ability, but setting up my teammates is also something nice. It’s like giving a gift to your partner, it is a nice feeling.
Like every new signing that BVB present, the centre-forward, who will wear the no. 9, waxed poetic about the Westfalenstadion: “It’s an epic stadium and most of the time the games are epic, too. The pitch is in pristine condition, the atmosphere is fantastic. Even when I didn’t win here with Frankfurt (I did with Ajax), playing in this stadium was always a great memory. The Yellow Wall is where I want to celebrate my goals.”