ERLING HAALAND will be at Borussia Dortmund ‘for a long time’, the club’s director Michael Zorc has claimed.
The Norwegian star is in the middle of a transfer tug-of-war with Manchester United and Real Madrid both chasing the striker.
Borussia Dortmund are confident of holding onto striker Erling HaalandCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The 20-year-old has become one of the most in-demand players in European football since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January.
Haaland has bagged a staggering 33 goals in his first 31 outings for BVB across all competitions to prove his quality is not in doubt.
Despite being tied to the Signal Iduna Park until 2024, the forward reportedly has a verbal agreement to leave next year.
But Dortmund chief Zorc dismissed the speculation surrounding Haaland by insisting the future of the club’s star man is in no doubt.
Speaking at a press conference, he told reporters: “We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all.
“I will see him with us for a long time.”
Dortmund director Zorc also brushed aside questions on whether if it is important to manage the weight of expectation on Haaland.
He added: “You don’t have to ground him at all. 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 is believed to United’s top target despite their ongoing interest in his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho.
Yet despite working with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Norwegian club Molde, the attacker reportedly favours a move to the Bernabeu.
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