There is ‘no chance’ of Erling Haaland leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, despite the rumoured €75million buy-out clause in his contract.
That’s what former Norway striker and close friend of the Haaland family, Jan Age Fjortoft, has told talkSPORT after the 19-year-old’s latest stunning outing for the German club.
Dortmund beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, with Haaland scoring both goals – including a stunning thunderbolt strike from 20 yards.
The brace took his tally to an absolutely ridiculous 39 goals in all competitions this season – which includes six hat-tricks – and 11 in seven since he joined Dortmund in January.
Haaland had his pick of top clubs this season, with Europe’s elite all swarming thanks to his red-form form in Austria for Red Bull Salzburg.
He was linked with Juventus and it has recently emerged he told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was keen on joining Manchester United.
But he and his father – former Manchester City, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest player Alf-Inge, who has been influential in the direction of his son’s career – chose Borussia Dortmund to continue his progression to the top.
There is a general feeling that he is unlikely to be at Dortmund for long. With rumours of a release clause of around €75m, it’s likely bigger clubs will come calling again.
But Fjortoft has revealed ‘Team Haaland’ value the younger striker’s development much more than the level of the club he’s at.
And although he has been linked with moves to the Premier League Spain this summer, Fjortoft believes the teenager will remain at Dortmund for the foreseeable future.
“This is a club that sold Dembele to Barcelona for €100m, but I can’t see that happening [with Haaland],” said the former Norway striker.
“I don’t have all the contract details, he has a clause of €75m but I don’t think that will be in the first year, so there won’t be a chance of that.
“I think it would be wise for him [to stay]. He’s 19 and I’m glad Erling Haaland today wakes up in Dortmund.
“It’s better to wake up in Dortmund than in Manchester, Liverpool, Torino, Barcelona or Madrid if you’re a 19-year-old shooting star.
“What I like about Team Haaland, the son of a former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City player, is the key for them is development and everything else is a consequence of that.
“All his career he has been developing. From playing for his home town club and then to the best developer of talent in Norway, Molde. Then he went to Salzburg, he could have gone to a big club then [he could have joined Juventus] and he could have this time as well, but he’s at Dortmund.
“Dortmund are not a small club, by the way, but they’re well known for developing players to the next level. He’s always done that and it was just enormous what he did against PSG.
“He’s always looking to improve himself and I can see in his game there are things he can do better. He’s 6ft 4in and he can still win more headers, he can kept the ball better, Dortmund can take more advantage of his fantastic way of creating space for himself.
“I’m surprise he’s scored so many goals, but I’m not surprise that he’s taken the next level.
“Can he become the best Norwegian player ever? He certainly has the potential.
“He’s just getting better and better. We’re amazed that he’s developed so quickly.”
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Published at Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:30:48 +0000