Borussia Dortmund are planning for life with Erling Haaland next season despite their star striker being linked with a host of Europe’s leading clubs.
The Norway international is in high demand after netting 49 goals in 49 appearances for Dortmund, attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, is reported to have been in contact with a number of clubs as speculation over the 20-year-old’s future grows.
But, according to BVB director Sebastian Kehl, the Bundesliga outfit have no intention of letting him go.
“Our position is clear: we are planning with Erling,” Kehl told Sky. “We are very relaxed about the situation.”
Asked about Raiola’s trip to Spain to reportedly hold talks with Barca and Madrid, former Dortmund captain Kehl revealed the club had spoken with the player’s agent and his father, Alf-Inge.
“Of course we have been following the situation,” he said. “But we had a very, very good talk with Mino and [Haaland’s] father just recently.
“I don’t want to go into those talks now. From a certain point on, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.
“I have seen the boy in training in the last two days and I have seen how hungry he is and what a sparkle is in his eyes.”
Haaland has scored 21 goals in as many Bundesliga games this term, adding another 10 from six games in the Champions League, a competition in which he tops the scoring charts.
20 – Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has now scored 20 goals in 14 UEFA Champions League appearances; the quickest a player has ever reached 20 goals in the competition, and in 10 fewer appearances than the previous record holder (Harry Kane, 24). Astonishing. pic.twitter.com/jaUCwVmIks
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 9, 2021
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