Bundesliga Norwegian striker is in demand
It is assumed that Erling Haaland will move on from Borussia Dortmund one day, but the club’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has urged the youngster to remain with the German club for now in order to continue his development.
Goals have been in constant supply since Haaland arrived in Germany back in January 2020, and he is now seen as a player that is as valuable and in-demand as Kylian Mbappe.
There seems to be no way to keep the physically domineering forward from scoring, with only injury preventing with the former Molde goalscorer from adding to his tally in the final games of 2020.
“Erling knows, as his agent Mino Raiola also knows, what he has in Dortmund,” Watzke explained in an interview with Kicker.
“I can only advise him to do the same as Robert Lewandowski, who took his time to become a world-class player.
“That is something that can’t be achieved in one year. It’s clear that if one day Erling leaves us it will be to sign for a club bigger than Dortmund, and there aren’t many of those teams around.
“If you want to sign for a team like Real Madrid, for example, you have to have reached the world elite level.”
Lewandowski spent four seasons with Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund before leaving on a free transfer to sign for Bayern Munich, and his goals actually helped Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles.
Haaland’s contract at Signal-Iduna-Park runs until June 2024, and Watzke has repeatedly shut down suggestions that there is a release clause or a verbal agreement that would allow the Norwegian international to leave in 2021.
In the media it has, though, been suggested that a release clause of 75 million euros will come into force when 2022 begins, although there has been no official confirmation of that.