Borussia Dortmund have admitted Erling Haaland could leave the club in 2022 after the striker appeared to wave goodbye to the club’s supporters.
Haaland is one of the hottest properties in world football right now, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs battling it out to try and sign the Norwegian superstar.
The 21-year-old has been one of the standout players over the past couple of years, carrying his remarkable goal-scoring form from RB Salzburg to Dortmund after making the move to Germany last year.
Speculation is rife about his future, with Manchester United and Manchester City among those clubs linked with a move, and they’ll have been placed on high alert after seeing what Haaland did at the weekend.
Following Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Furth last week, in which Haaland scored a brace, the Norwegian appeared to be waving goodbye to the fans inside the Westfalenstadion as he walked around the pitch.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc admitted after the weekend defeat to Hertha Berlin to being left somewhat bemused by the gesture, but insisted it wasn’t a signal of Haaland’s intentions.
Zorc told Sky Germany : “I saw the pictures afterwards too. It looked a bit strange, but I don’t think it was a deliberate action. I spoke to him again briefly, and that’s not an issue in the team either.
“What is this? I asked him. Nothing at all, he said. That settles the matter.”
Meanwhile, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted the Haaland could leave the club next year as interest increases across Europe.
“All I know is that Real Madrid are very interested in him,” Watzke told BILD. “I could name 25 others now, but with Real I know for sure.
“I think he would fit in better in Spain. A different kind of football is played in England. I am not so sceptical that he will stay with us.
“Me and Raiola had a good talk not so long ago. When we arrive at the end of negotiations, the conversations are always quite friendly. That phone call was quite friendly.
“We will certainly have another conversation in the next few weeks. If Haaland stays with us, there may be more euros for him.”
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