Borussia Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl expects Erling Haaland to still be at the club next season, despite intense speculation over the striker’s future.
The 20-year-old has been in stunning form for the German side this season, scoring 37 goals in 38 games across all competitions, including 10 in the Champions League.
Unsurprisingly there has been huge interest from the biggest clubs in the world and bids of around £150m are expected to come in this summer, with Manchester City, Manchester United Chelsea and Real Madrid linked with the Norwegian.
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Despite the enormous transfer fee that would be coming their way, Dortmund insist they do not want to sell their star striker this summer and Kehl ‘understands’ that he will indeed stay put.
‘I understand that Erling Haaland will play for Borussia Dortmund in the new season,’ Kehl said.
‘Erling totally agrees. I see him every day and I can say that he completely identifies with the club.’
There is an unusual clause in Haaland’s contract which sees a release clause of £65m coming into play next summer, meaning Dortmund are under some financial pressure to sell him this year for much more.
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They could realistically get more than double that fee at the end of this season rather than hanging onto him for another season, so it will be extremely tempting to let their prized asset go.
Despite Haaland’s immense season Dortmund have not had the best campaign, sitting fifth in the Bundesliga and facing misisng out on the Champions League next season. If they do indeed miss out, the Norwegian superstar may well push for an exit this summer.
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