Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has rubbished reports that his wage demands resulted in a prospective move to Manchester United to fall through during the January window.
Haaland left Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund in January and has enjoyed a prolific start to his career in the Bundesliga, scoring eight goal in his first 270 minutes of action.
United had been tracking Haaland – who played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde – but the deal reportedly never faltered due to his hefty wage demands.
But Haaland has hit back at those suggestions and insists money did not play a significant factor in his transfer decision.
Asked about the rumours of his wage demands, the 19-year-old told Viasport: “No, it’s the guys writing would have to speak to that.
“They’ll have to explain it to me if they meet me. It’s not my focus whatsoever.
“It’s kind of comical if I were to get that label. All the people closest to me know that’s not the kind of person I am.”
On snubbing a reunion with Solskjaer, he added: “Ole has been very important for me in getting to where I am today. But we concluded that Dortmund was the best option for me.
“That was where I felt best about, and therefore it became Dortmund.”
United’s failed move for Haaland is also believed to have been influenced by agent Raiola, but Haaland defended his representative.
He added: “He’s the best in the world at what he does, as simple as that. He’s the best agent.
“He gets a lot of negativity, and that’s probably because he’s doing such a great job for those he’s working for. He has helped a lot and he’s a good guy to have around.”