Borussia Dortmund keen to settle Erling Haaland’s future-Sports News, Firstpost

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A release clause in his Dortmund contract, valid until 2024, could allow Haaland to leave in 2022 and club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke wants to know what player Mino Raiola’s agent has planned.

Erling Haaland has scored 19 goals in 16 games for Dortmund this season. PA

Berlin: Erling Haaland is one of the hottest estates in European football and his Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund are eager to see if he will lose their star striker in 2022.

The 21-year-old has scored a phenomenal 76 goals in 75 games for Dortmund since joining Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

A release clause in his Dortmund contract, valid until 2024, could allow Haaland to leave in 2022 and club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke wants to know what player Mino Raiola’s agent has planned.

“We will be talking in the next few weeks,” Watzke said in early December, “and we will all be careful not to wait until March or April to know the decision.”

In March of this year, Haaland became the fastest player to reach the 20-goal milestone in the Champions League in a record 14 games.

By comparison, Cristiano Ronaldo needed 56 Champions League games to achieve the same number of goals. Lionel Messi has won 40 matches.

At the same age as Haaland (21 years and six months), Ronaldo, the all-time Champions League top scorer with 140 goals, had yet to score in Europe.

Haaland has a contract in Dortmund until 2024, but a release clause, said to be around 80 million euros ($ 90 million), will go into effect next year.

‘The next step’

Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola recently fueled speculation, saying there was “a high chance Erling will leave Dortmund, maybe this summer, maybe next summer”.

“He can – and wants – to take the next step,” added Raiola, listing Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City as possibilities.

“When he signed for Dortmund we all knew that next step would come.”

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has already met Raiola, while Bayern president Herbert Hainer said before Christmas they were not in the running.

“I only know for sure that Real Madrid are very interested in him,” Watzke recently revealed, adding that he “may also name 25 other clubs”.

Dortmund have swept aside constant speculation.

“We’re used to it, sometimes more, sometimes less,” Dortmund coach Marco Rose said of the speculation. “We take it as it is.”

With Haaland sidelined by a hip injury, Dortmund have been knocked out of the Champions League and the team play with more confidence and determination when they are on the pitch.

However, Haaland made a frustrated record when Dortmund crashed in a 3-2 loss to Hertha Berlin ahead of the winter break, leaving them behind Bayern by nine points in the Bundesliga table.

Dortmund have already signed a replacement striker, Dutch striker Donyell Malen, who is returning to form after a slow start since arriving from PSV Eindhoven.

At 1.94 meters, Haaland often dominates defenders and has broken goalscoring records since leaving Norway at the age of 18 to join Salzburg in 2019.

The Norwegian scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut to inspire a 6-2 beating from Genk as he scored eight goals in the 2019/20 group stage.

After scoring 29 goals in 27 games for Salzburg, Dortmund paid € 20million for him.

Record-breaking Bundesliga debut

The then 19-year-old immediately showed a return on his investment by becoming the first player in Bundesliga history to score a substitute hat-trick on his January 2020 debut.

“That’s the reason you bought me,” Haaland replied after Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc congratulated him.

Haaland has since scored 53 goals in 54 Bundesliga games for Dortmund.

His Champions League record is now 23 goals in 20 games for Dortmund and Salzburg combined.

His warrior body language and work ethic have earned the respect of his teammates. “It’s a machine,” said Dortmund winger Julian Brandt.

He’s proven he can score goals and finish them, with nine assists this season.

Yet one of the brightest talents on the planet will not play the 2022 World Cup.

Norway’s loss to the Netherlands in late October saw the Scandinavians miss their qualification for the 2022 Qatar finals – when Haaland was sidelined with injury.

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