Sébastien Haller sympathizes with his former Ajax teammates. On Sunday evening he returned to the Johan Cruijff ArenA, where the Borussia Dortmund striker said goodbye to the fans prior to the home game against FC Emmen.
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“It was a bit emotional, I didn’t expect that,” the French Ivorian told ESPN. “When you come back to this stadium, you think about all the memories you made here. It was a special moment, so I want to thank everyone for this.”
Also from Germany, Haller continues to follow Ajax closely. “I follow the results and it feels frustrating to see Ajax in this position. Unfortunately that is football, sometimes it is not possible to stay in the lead all the time.” According to the striker, it is not even that surprising. “Because of all the players leaving this season, it was something you might have expected.”
Haller added: “It’s up to the guys and the people within the club to make the right decisions and rebuild everything. Football is not just about money. You have to build something great. I’m sure they will do it again. This was a transition year.”
After his departure from Ajax, Haller was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The striker now feels ‘good’. “It is getting better and better. I can play football again, so I can do my job again. I still have to get a checkup every now and then to see if all is well, but that’s life. We live our lives and I play football as long as I can.”
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