Villarreal presents Borussia Dortmund with a signed shirt in a heartwarming show of solidarity with Sebastien Haller following his shock testicular tumor diagnosis earlier this week ahead of a 2-0 pre-season friendly win
- Villarreal players offered Borussia Dortmund a signed Sébastien Haller shirt
- The Spanish team presented the shirt ahead of a 2-0 win in the pre-season game
- Declan Rice told SkySports ‘everyone at West Ham is behind’ the former Hammer
- He complained of feeling ‘unwell’ during a training session on Monday morning
- After undergoing medical examinations, a tumor was discovered in his testicles
- Haller has now revealed he has completed the first stage of his treatment
Villarreal players presented Borussia Dortmund with a signed Sébastien Haller shirt ahead of their pre-season friendly.
In a touching show of solidarity, Villarreal have gifted the Bundesliga side with Haller’s dedicated shirt, following his diagnosis of a shock testicular tumor earlier this week.
The LaLiga side won the match 2-0 thanks to goals from star striker Gerard Moreno and Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze as Dortmund lost their last game before the start of their season.
Gerard Moreno presented Marco Reus with a signed Sebastien Haller jersey before the game
After starting Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck in a back three for the first time, Edin Terzic’s side were plagued by defensive errors as they finalized their preparations for the 2022-23 season.
Haller was diagnosed with a testicular tumor earlier this week
Spanish striker Moreno opened the scoring at half-time after deflecting an offside trap before passing Alexander Meyer.
Chukwueze then doubled the advantage after the interval by heading the ball past the keeper from outside Dortmund’s penalty area.
But there was more to the match than the result, as evidenced by the Spanish side, who echoed the messages sent to Haller by the majority of the football world.
The Frenchman’s former team-mate Declan Rice told SkySports: “Everyone at West Ham is behind him and I think everyone in football is too, you can see what kind of character he is. “
“He is like a big friendly giant, he is so smiling. When he came here he was so enthusiastic that he wanted to work hard and score goals.
‘It didn’t work for him [at West Ham] but what he did at Ajax and now that he has moved to Dortmund does him credit.
“I saw on his Instagram that he already had surgery so his recovery is ongoing which is special.”
Several clubs have taken to Twitter to show their solidarity with the French striker, including former club Ajax.
Haller took to social media to share his progress after the first stage of his treatment.
Posting a photo from his hospital bed on Thursday, a smiling Haller tweeted, “Hello everyone, wanted to let you know Stage 1 is complete!”
“I would like to thank the @BVB (Dortmund) and the medical team who have been exceptional with me.
Haller only completed his move to Dortmund from Dutch champions Ajax earlier this month
“A big thank you also to all the nursing staff at the hospital for their support – their kindness.”
The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international joined Dortmund from Ajax earlier this month for a fee of £27million.
He signed a four-year contract, having scored 32 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for the Dutch club last season.
Haller spent a season and a half at West Ham, making over 50 appearances, before the Hammers sold him to Ajax for £20.25m in January 2021.
Haller complained of not feeling well during a training session on Monday morning
He went for tests, and it was later confirmed that he had a testicular tumor.