Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insists that Erling Braut Haaland has a long-term future with the club.
Haaland is one of the most coveted strikers in European football. He has a phenomenal scoring record, with more goals than games for Dortmund.
The Bundesliga club have provided the perfect platform for him to step up to a bigger league after leaving Austrian side RB Salzburg in January 2020.
Before that move, Haaland was heavily linked with Manchester United. It is likely that the Red Devils’ interest has not faded.
Indeed, reports have suggested that Haaland could move on from Dortmund in the near future. He has also been suggested as a target for Real Madrid – but could wait until 2022, when a release clause will be valid, to make that move.
That would give the Norwegian the opportunity to continue learning his trade in Germany, before taking another step up by joining an even bigger European powerhouse.
Clubs like United may be waiting to pounce in the meantime, while Manchester City have also been suggested as a potential suitor. City will soon be looking for a long-term successor to Sergio Aguero.
But Zorc has warned all interested parties that Haaland will stay with Dortmund for the foreseeable future.
“We plan for the long term with Erling,” he said. “[Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all.
“I will see him with us for a long time.”
Haaland will not slow down, Zorc says
As the 20-year-old continues to mature, Zorc insists that he will continue to reach the heights he is currently doing.
“You don’t have to ground him at all,” he said. “He exudes such a positive dynamic. Why should we slow it down now?
“He is leading the way, that is very good for us. I do not believe in artificially slowing positive developments.”
Haaland remains under contract with Dortmund until 2024.