Real Madrid fans should hope Erling Haaland follows Marco Reus’ advice

Real Madrid transfer target Erling Haaland (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
Real Madrid transfer target Erling Haaland (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images) /

Obviously, there are many positives about Real Madrid reportedly leading the race for Erling Haaland as of this moment. Haaland is one of the world’s best players and he is still nowhere near his peak. Going for a player like that would be really beneficial for Real Madrid considering the problem of a lack of trustworthy goalscorers in the squad.

However, I genuinely think that signing Haaland a season later – if that is an option – is best for Real Madrid.

In fact, Marco Reus said to the press exactly what he would tell Erling Haaland if the Norwegian came up to him and asked for his advice.

Reus said that if asked, he’d tell Haaland that the 22-year-old should stay at Borussia Dortmund. He said that Haaland would have everything at Dortmund to develop further, and he’d be able to play in the Champions League, and feel as valued as he deserves to feel.

Haaland staying at Dortmund for another season would be great for Real Madrid

Of course, I don’t mean to say that Real Madrid should pass on the opportunity to sign Haaland this summer if the player decides to leave. He’s a generational talent, they should go all-in if that happens. But, here’s one of the very few issues with signing Haaland in the summer: Los Blancos would have four players fighting for, well, presumably, three positions.

I think it’s safe to assume that Kylian Mbappe would be a Real Madrid player in the summer. Then you got Vinicius Junior, another superstar, and Karim Benzema, all fighting for the same spots. And there have been enough reports telling us that Real have no intentions of moving on from Karim Benzema next season, so that’s out of the window, and rightly so; Benzema is amazing, and is still a top-three striker in the world, and his leadership is so important for the young players in the team. There’s absolutely no reason for the club to let him go.

And I think that Benzema would be slightly more movable a season later, since he’d be 35 turning 36, so bringing Haaland in then, if it is an option, would be most ideal.

If that happens, then we won’t have the fear of Real facing the issue of having to play all four guys at the same time, completely dismantling the defensive stability when it should be just three from the get-go.

Getting the best players doesn’t always work out, just look at some of the previous squads in Real Madrid’s rich history, or look at teams like PSG who are finding it tough to play a bunch of superstars with seemingly no chemistry.

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At the same time, I don’t believe that one year of absolute stability and balance is worth missing out on a player of Erling Haaland’s eminence. And look, as I said, if Haaland is completely hell-bent on moving this year, then screw it, bring him on. Come what may. But, if staying is an option, it’ll be best for Real Madrid if Haaland chooses it.