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Erling Haaland bids farewell to Borussia Dortmund ahead of Man City move, but fans reserve biggest tribute for Michael Zorc


Erling Haaland has bid farewell to Borussia Dortmund ahead of his final game for the club before joining Manchester City.

The 21-year-old striker, whose £51million transfer to City has already been confirmed, received a warm welcome from the Signal Iduna Park faithful ahead of Dortmund’s clash with Hertha Berlin.

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Haaland was serenaded by supporters before kick-off

Haaland’s exit this summer was expected due to a release clause in his contract – and he leaves the Bundesliga on good terms after 85 goals in 88 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 bids farewell to Borussia Dortmund ahead of Man City move, but fans reserve biggest tribute for Michael Zorc

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Dortmund fans made a huge display for Zorc

Erling Haaland bids farewell to Borussia Dortmund ahead of Man City move, 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.

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