Football: Soccer-Haller completes Dortmund switch from Ajax


(Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund have accomplished the signing of striker Sebastien Haller from Dutch facet Ajax Amsterdam on a four-year contract, the Bundesliga membership stated on Wednesday.

British and German media reported that Dortmund paid an preliminary charge of 31 million euros ($31.55 million) for the Ivory Coast worldwide, who joined Ajax from West Ham United on a 4-1/2 yr deal in January 2021.

“We’re more than happy to have been in a position to signal Sebastien Haller – a seasoned centre-forward who has not too long ago induced a sensation within the Champions League,” stated Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl.

“The total package deal could be very promising. Sebastien possesses a robust bodily presence and he’s bodily very resilient.”

The 28-year-old netted 34 instances in 43 appearances throughout competitions for Ajax final season, serving to them to the Eredivisie title. He is available in as a substitute for Erling Haaland, who moved to Manchester City earlier within the shut season.

Dortmund, who changed supervisor Marco Rose with Edin Terzic in May, completed second final season, eight factors behind champions Bayern Munich.

Earlier, Belgium attacking midfielder Axel Witsel joined LaLiga membership Atletico Madrid on a free switch after leaving Dortmund on the finish of his contract in June.

Witsel, who has signed a one-year take care of Atletico, made 145 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund after becoming a member of them from Chinese membership Tianjin Tianhai in 2018.

The 33-year-old has performed 124 instances for Belgium and was a part of the staff that completed third on the World Cup in 2018.

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(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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