On Monday evening, Borussia Dortmund announced terrible news shortly before 11 p.m.: “Sebastien Haller had to leave the BVB training camp in Bad Ragaz due to illness and he has already returned to Dortmund. During the examinations, a testicular tumor was discovered. Get well quickly, Sébastien Haller », could we read on the press release of the club. A big blow for the Ivorian, recruited by the Marsupials to replace Erling Braut Haaland, who left for Manchester City. Author of 32 goals and 9 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions including 38 as a starter last season in the jersey of Ajax Amsterdam, Sébastien Haller was the Germans’ summer priority as number 9.
On July 6, they formalized his arrival until June 2026. All for a total amount of 34.5 million euros including bonus (31 million euros + 3.5 million euros in bonuses). An arrival that gave a smile to the 28-year-old player and the BVB, eager to collaborate together. But this joy was short-lived. The club discovered that Sebastien Haller was suffering from a testicular tumour. Kicker explains that Dortmund are very concerned and worried about their player. The club’s coach, Edin Terzic, heard the news thirty minutes before the warm-up match against Valencia. Asked about the subject this Tuesday by Kickerthe Dortmund coach admitted to being touched.
BVB were shocked and touched
“The week went very well until Monday. The news shocked us. It wasn’t easy to find the words, so we didn’t discuss it with the team before the game.”. The German media explains that Terzic’s objective will be to help his players focus on football, those who have been upset by the news, while developing a new plan to perform offensively without his star recruit. The latter focuses on his health and that is the most important thing. “Thank you all for your many messages of support and affection since yesterday’s announcement. My family and I thank you. I will now focus on my recovery to come back stronger.posted on Twitter the footballer absent for an indefinite period.
While waiting to know the evolution of his condition, the BVB will have to find other solutions eleven days before the first match of the season in the German Cup against Munich 1860 (July 30). “First we had to let go of a player from our group. The main thing now is that he recovers. We’re going to put a few things in place to prepare for all scenarios.”, confessed Terzic. Recruiting a new striker or a free joker would be the easiest solution. Nevertheless, Kicker explains that this option is difficult to envisage. The reason ? Borussia Dortmund, who have already put more than 30 million euros on Haller, do not have the financial means to sign a replacement in the short term.
Several internal options for Dortmund
On the other hand, they will think about the possibility of taking another n°9 if the absence of Sébastien Haller were to be unfortunately very long during a season where the matches will be linked from September. In the meantime, the club is counting on players already present. Kicker explains that the attention will be even stronger on Youssoufa Moukoko, free in June 2023 and on whom we are counting this season more than ever. But he is not the only one, as our German colleague Georg Kreul from Fussball Transfers.
“Dortmund have several options in attack. Karim Adeyemi is the most important recruit this summer. But he, like Youssoufa Moukoko and Donyell Malen, does not have the same profile as Sébastien Haller, who is a tall and physical striker. After Haller’s departure, the club brought BVB 2 striker Bradley Fink to training camp. He’s 1.93m tall, but I don’t think he’ll play much in the Bundesliga, if at all. Fink has just been promoted from the U19s to the reserves, who play in the third division. I think replacing Haller would be too complicated for him. I think that at the moment they have to adapt a bit to the situation, which is not easy, and play with quick and smaller attackers.. The priority of the BVB is above all to support Sébastien Haller, who is playing the game of his life.