Ten Hag sends support to former Ajax striker after testicular tumour diagnosis

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has sent his best wishes and support to his former striker Sebastien Haller following news he has been diagnosed with a testicular tumour after feeling ‘unwell’ at Borussia Dortmund’s Swiss training camp.

Haller only signed for the Bundesliga club earlier this month after completing his move from Ajax. The 28-year-old was also part of Ten Hag’s side at FC Utrecht in the past.

Moreover, a lot of our readers will remember him from his time spent at West Ham when he played against Manchester United, prior to his transfer to Ajax.

He was particularly impressive in the Champions League last season when he scored 11 goals in just eight matches before the Amsterdam club were eliminated after reaching the last 16.

Dortmund released a statement on Monday evening providing an upsetting update on Haller’s condition.

“Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller had to leave the BVB training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switserland early due to illness and has already travelled back to Dortmund,” the statement read.

“The 28-year-old international from the Ivory Coast complained of being unwell after training on Monday morning.

“In the course of intensive medical examinations, a tumour was finally discovered in the testicles during the course of the day. During the coming days, further examinations will take place in a specialised medical centre.

“Borussia Dortmund asks that the privacy of the player and his family be respected and that no questions be asked. As soon as we have further information, we will inform you in consultation with the player.”

The news has left everyone shocked at Dortmund and we can only imagine how Haller feels as he awaits further tests.

Haller has since posted the following message on Twitter: “Thank you for all your many messages of support and affection since yesterday’s announcement. My family and I thank you. I will now focus on my recovery to come back stronger.”

For Haller’s sake, we can only hope that they found the diagnosis at an early stage and wish Haller the very best, like our manager has done in his post-match press briefing after United’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in Melbourne.

“It’s horrible,” Ten Hag told MUTV, as he reacted to the news surrounding Haller. “I have a fantastic relationship with him.

“He is my friend, my striker for several years with Utrecht and with Ajax.

“To hear such news is depressing. My thoughts are with him and with his family and I hope he will recovery quickly.”

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