Haaland has hardened his reputation as one of the deadliest strikers in European football since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg for £18 million in the January transfer window.

Zorc dismissed ongoing rumours around Haaland

Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc has dismissed ongoing transfer rumours around Real Madrid-linked attacker Erling Haaland. Haaland has hardened his reputation as one of the deadliest strikers in European football since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg for £18 million in the January transfer window. The 20-year-old has hit a staggering 33 goals in his first 31 outings for the BVB in all competitions. With his last double come in a 3-0 home win against Club Brugge in the Champions League. The Norwegian frontman is attracting a lot of high-profile fans after his bright start in Westfalenstadion. And is already leaning towards moving to an even bigger club despite being tied to Dortmund until 2024. Real Madrid are among those credited with an interest in Haaland. He reportedly has a €75 million release clause in his current contract, which will become active in 2022.

BVB want Haaland with them for a long time

However, Zorc is oblivious to speculation about the future of the former Salzburg star. As he said at a press conference ahead of the BVB clash against Koln on Saturday: “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”. When asked whether it is essential to carefully manage the weight of expectation on Haaland’s shoulders at this stage of his career, the Dortmund chief replied: “You don’t need to ground him at all. He exudes such positive momentum. Why should we slow it down now? He leads the way, and it’s perfect for us. I do not believe in artificial slowing down of positive developments.”

Haaland will be likely to return to Lucien Favre’s starting XI when Koln arrive at Westfalenstadion this weekend. With Dortmund to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern, with just a point separating the two sides. BVB will then begin preparations for another European meeting against Lazio on December 2. Favre’s side will book a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League if they see off the Italian giants at home, having already picked up nine points out of a possible 12 in Group F.