A new series round and a new victory for Bodø / Glimt. The superb league leaders increased the gap back to second place up to 18 points with eleven league rounds left.
Scores by the Danes Kasper Junker and Philip Zinckernagel secured three points against a chance-losing Vålerenga.
All indications are that it is only a matter of time before the team from Bodø can call themselves league champions.
The question is whether it is only a matter of time before Jens Petter Hauge is no longer a Bodø / Glimt player. There are clear messages from Italy that AC Milan is a very real candidate to become the 20-year-old’s next club.
Contact between the clubs
After the match, Hauge admits that he knows that there is concrete interest in a transfer from the Italian big club.
– I know there is contact. They liked what they saw when we met them and like what they have seen before. We almost just have to see what happens. They play a type of football that I could enjoy. It is an exciting opportunity that one must take seriously and consider, Hauge says to NRK.
According to foreign media, there will be talk of a transfer fee for Hauge of around 4 million euros, or around 45 million kroner. When asked what it takes for him to disappear before the transfer window closes on 5 October, he says that the transfer must be suitable, both for Bodø / Glimt and himself.
– If the club is satisfied with the offer they receive and that it is a transition I have faith in and feel that I can take the biggest possible step. I want to a club where the chances are good to play and a coach who has faith in me as a player and wants to develop me.
For the time being, Hauge does not want to reveal anything about whether he will end the season in Bodø, or whether a transfer abroad is already happening now.
– It is difficult to answer, I think it can go both ways, says the great talent.
Against Vålerenga, Hauge was good in the first half and was a waiter when Kasper Junker scored Glimt’s first goal. Hauge made a rounding bend of Vålerenga’s right back Christian Borchgrevink and sent the ball in front of goal to Kasper Junker, who had an easy task on an open goal.
The last of Glimt’s toxic attacking trio, Philip Zinckernagel, doubled the lead after a post from Morten Ågnes Konradsen. Konradsen made a good match when he got his first elite league minutes of the season at Glimt midfield.
Glimt seemed to want to slow down the pace in the second half, but Hauge still had the chance to decide the match when Junker got a penalty after only two minutes of the round.
The penalty, however, was of the weak kind and was easily saved by Kristoffer Klaesson.
– It’s bad when the ball does not go in goal, there is nothing more to say. It would have been good to puncture the match there. Instead, we got a man sent off and it will be a little fight with a little more running than we hoped for, says Hauge.
Halfway through the half, Marius Lode got a direct red card after an ugly tackle on Henrik Bjørdal. Thus, Glimt must manage without the important midfielder in several games.
Vålerenga got a gigantic chance against ten men, but usually saw clinical Vidar Örn Kjartansson missed alone with the goalkeeper, just as he had done in the first half.