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Erling Haaland says goodbye to Borussia Dortmund with goal ahead of Man City transfer, but fans reserve biggest tribute for Michael Zorc


Erling Haaland bid farewell to Borussia Dortmund with a goal in his last game for the club before joining Manchester City.

The 21-year-old striker, whose £51m transfer to City has already been confirmed, received a warm welcome from the Signal Iduna Park faithful ahead of Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin, at the during which the Norwegian scored a penalty in the 68th minute.

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Haaland signed in perfect fashion

Haaland’s exit this summer was expected due to a release clause in his contract – and he leaves the Bundesliga on good terms after 86 goals in 89 appearances.

It’s a day of farewell for the German giants, who also say goodbye to Marcel Schmelzer, Axel Witsel, Roman Burki, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marwin Hitz.

Defender Schmelzer has spent his entire professional career at Dortmund and was pictured crying as he greeted the fans before kick-off.

But the biggest tribute was given to sporting director and club legend Michael Zorc.

Erling Haaland says goodbye to Borussia Dortmund with goal ahead of Man City transfer, but fans reserve biggest tribute for Michael Zorc

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Dortmund fans made a huge display for Zorc

Erling Haaland says goodbye to Borussia Dortmund with goal ahead of Man City transfer, but fans reserve biggest tribute for Michael Zorc

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The man at a club was clearly emotional

The iconic former midfielder is ending a 44-year association with the club, having spent his entire playing career at Dortmund before revolutionizing their transfer model.

Zorc signed Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele, Jadon Sancho and Haaland for a total of €86.8m before selling them for €431.25m.

The 59-year-old was in tears as he said goodbye to the fans and they responded with an incredible visual tribute – which, in truth, made Haaland’s farewell quite insignificant by comparison.

Haaland tweeted a message thanking the black and yellow fans for a memorable two years at the club.

He said: “It was just an honor to wear this shirt. To
@BVB.

“I’ve had some memorable times, met some special people, not to mention a fanbase that has always been our extra man on the pitch. The yellow wall is truly amazing. I’ll never forget any of that! Thank you all!”

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