Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has insisted that he is not thinking about leaving the club in the near future, ruling out the likelihood of clubs like Real Madrid or Manchester United trying to poach the Norwegian teenager this summer.
Haaland only joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January, choosing the club because he felt it was the best to continue his rapid development and would offer the best chances.
Even though he is now playing at a higher level in Germany than he was in Austria, the youngster has maintained his incredible goalscoring form. He has netted 16 times in 17 games for Dortmund, taking his overall tally for the season as a whole to 44 in only 39 appearances.
Remarkably, Haaland doesn’t even turn 20 until next month.
Manchester United tried to sign him before he chose Dortmund and are still in need of a new long-term striker, while Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked. But Haaland’s commitment for the time being is firmly with Dortmund.
“I live in the present,” he told WAZ, refusing to think too far ahead. “I have just arrived in Dortmund and I am not thinking of leaving for now.”
Haaland is believed to have a release clause in his Dortmund contract that will ultimately limit what the Bundesliga can sell him for when the time comes to cash in.
That figure is rumoured to be in the region of €70m to €75m, which is between £63m and £68m. Given his current level of output and his enormous long-term potential it could be a tremendous bargain for a buyer. However, that clause is not expected to become active until 2022.
Even if Dortmund do eventually sell Haaland for a maximum of €75m, the club will still have made a handsome profit to reinvest in the squad - having spent only €20m to sign him in the first place.