After his magical week under the Spanish sun, Sébastien Haller first put his feet up. The striker enjoyed the training-free Sunday after returning from the training camp in Marbella Borussia Dortmund as well as his teammates. His fantastic comeback after what was probably the hardest time in his life still put a smile on Haller’s face. “It’s the best possible feeling,” said the 28-year-old, overjoyed.
Half a year after his testicular cancer with subsequent operations and chemotherapy, the Frenchman is back – and how. His hat-trick in the 6-0 win against FC Basel serves as an encouragement for him and the entire club.
“Coming back, scoring goals, helping the team, feeling the improvement in my body every day. I couldn’t have imagined anything better, not just for me but for the team,” said Haller, adding with a view to his competitive debut next Sunday against FC Augsburg: “I hope that I can be effective and useful for the team.” Coach Edin Terzic hopes so too. Sixth in the table Dortmund still wants to at least achieve its minimum goal of the Champions League. Haller is an important factor in this. “You could see the quality he has in the opponent’s penalty area,” said Terzic.
For a successful start, calm in the environment is also required. Young national player Youssoufa Moukoko, 18, should therefore extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season, this week. According to media reports, the striker should collect a fee of ten million euros and six million euros per year.