Erling Haaland feared he wouldn't be able to hack it in Bundesliga before Dortmund transfer and setting world alight

ERLING HAALAND feared he would not be able to hack it in the Bundesliga before his transfer from RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund.

That is according to his old Salzburg boss Jess Marsch who always knew the 20-year-old would be a success.

Haaland moved from the Austrian side to the German giants in January 2020.

He had bagged 28 goals in just 22 games for Salzburg since his transfer from Norwegian side Molde just 12 months before.

And there has been no stopping him since his Dortmund switch with the goal machine hitting the net a staggering 41 times and providing ten assists in just 42 games.

But that has come as no surprise to Marsch who revealed Haaland sought reassurance from him about his ability to succeed in the Bundesliga at just 19.

Marsch told Sportbuzzer: "That was exactly what he asked me at the beginning of his time in Dortmund.

"I replied: 'What would have really surprised me is if you do not end up succeeding.

"I was convinced that the Bundesliga was made for him.

“I keep in touch with Erling. We usually write or talk on the phone."

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Haaland scored a brilliant brace against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday night as his team won 3-2.

After the game he revealed he was inspired by Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona the night before.

And stats since have suggested the pair are replacing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world's best players.

Haaland also admitted 'it's nice when people are interested in you' when asked about interest from Real Madrid.

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