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Sport Haaland inspired by Mbappe as he aims to be one of world’s best

07:35  15 february  2020
07:35  15 february  2020 Source:   goal.com

Haaland breaks Bundesliga record in Dortmund rout

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The 19-year-old striker is off to a flying start in Germany but he says the exploits of PSG star Mbappe show he can get even better .

The 19-year-old striker is off to a flying start in Germany but he says the exploits of PSG star Mbappe show he can get even better .

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Erling Haaland has used the example of Kylian Mbappe to show he still has significant room for improvement despite a superb start to life at Borussia Dortmund.

Following a January move from Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland scored eight goals in his first four appearances for Dortmund, despite starting his opening two games on the bench - exploits that saw him named Bundesliga player of the month for January on Friday.

The teenager has understandably drawn high praise for his initial impact in Germany's top flight, which followed a series of eye-catching displays in the Champions League as he contributed eight goals in six outings for Salzburg.

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The 19-year-old striker is off to a flying start in Germany but he says the exploits of PSG star Mbappe show he can get even better .

However, Haaland believes he still has much work to do and the Norwegian highlighted Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe - a World Cup winner with France at the age of 19 - as someone he has yet to reach the level of. "I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players

Dortmund's Erling Haaland claps hands to supporters after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt in Dortmund, Germany, Friday , Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Dortmund's Erling Haaland claps hands to supporters after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt in Dortmund, Germany, Friday , Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

However, Haaland believes he still has much work to do and the Norwegian highlighted Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe - a World Cup winner with France at the age of 19 - as someone he has yet to reach the level of.

"I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players in the world," Haaland said in an interview with the Bundesliga's official website .

"I knew when I was young that I was good, but you know, it's also a long way to go. When I got my first professional contract in Bryne, I was thinking: 'this is a good thing'. But on the other side, it's nothing compared to others.

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"In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun. Haaland inspired by Mbappe as he aims to be one of world ’ s best .

Considered one of the best players in the world , he is known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed. At international level, Mbappé made his senior debut for France in 2017, at age 18. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mbappé became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup, and became the

"Also, when I was in Salzburg, I started scoring goals there, but if I'm realistic, I look at Kylian Mbappe, he's scoring, he's banging in goals in Ligue 1, so you know, you can always reach a higher level in football."

Amid his incredible start at Dortmund, Haaland feels he is settling in well at the German side and felt an immediate click with his fellow attackers.

Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain during the football Ligue 1 Conforama match Paris Saint-Germain v Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France on February 9, 2020  (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain during the football Ligue 1 Conforama match Paris Saint-Germain v Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France on February 9, 2020 (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

"I've been here one month, but when my team is all so good, it gets easy sometimes to create chances and to play with them, because they’re so good," he added. 

"The first second I played with Jadon [Sancho], Marco [Reus], Thorgan [Hazard], you know these guys, it just sits direct, and that's how it is with world-class players."

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Erling Haaland has explained why he chose Borussia Dortmund over Manchester United in the January window, rejecting claims that he demanded a huge salary during negotiations. 'Suddenly it became an option and then it was what I felt all along. The process was to find the best possible club for me.

However, Haaland believes he still has much work to do and the Norwegian highlighted Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé - a World Cup winner with France at the age of 19 - as someone he has yet to reach the level of. "I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players

For the time being, the 19-year-old believes he still has work to do to emulate the feats of his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, a defender and midfielder who represented the likes of Manchester City and Leeds United as well as earning regular caps for his country.

Asked if he had already enjoyed a better career than his dad, Erling Haaland replied: "No, not yet. He has 34 games for Norway, and I think over 200 games in the Premier League in England, so I'm still missing a bit."

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  Haaland inspired by Mbappe as he aims to be one of world’s best

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