Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke says he is ‘quite optimistic’ that Erling Haaland will sign a new deal at the club as he insists it would be ‘a mistake’ for the Norwegian forward to leave next summer
- Dortmund are hoping for Erling Haaland to commit his future to the club
- The forward has sparkled since his £17m move this year and has a host of suitors
- Club chief Hans-Joachim Watzke is ‘optimistic’ of a new deal with Haaland
- He insisted the player was ‘comfortable’ and said it would be ‘a mistake’ to leave
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke admits he is ‘quite optimistic’ of agreeing a new contract with star forward Erling Haaland amid doubt over the Norwegian’s future at the club.
Haaland signed for the Bundesliga side in January and has lived up to his reputation as one of the most talented young forwards in Europe – scoring 26 goals in 28 games for the team so far.
His performances for previous club Red Bull Salzburg had generated a host of interest from top clubs around Europe, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, but Dortmund won the race in a shock £17million deal, and now the club face a battle to keep the player on their books next year.
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke says is ‘quite optimistic’ striker Erling Haaland will stay
Watzke (L) helped bring the Norwegian starlet to the club in a shock £17m deal in January
But Watzke stressed that German outfit are hopeful of convincing the 20-year-old that his future lies at Signal Iduna Park, saying he is ‘comfortable’ where he is and claimed it would be a ‘mistake’ if he left so soon.
‘It is about convincing the player of your club and your plans. We really want Erling to stay with us longer and we want to convince him and his agent of this,’ he told Bild.
‘I am quite optimistic. I think Erling is comfortable at BVB. We can definitively say that he took the right step last winter by signing for our club.
‘I would consider it a mistake if he moved on after such a short amount of time.’
He insisted Haaland feels ‘comfortable’ in the side and claimed it would be a ‘mistake’ to leave
The 20-year-old’s scored a brace against Brugge on Wednesday to continue his sparkling form
Watzke, who has also faced a struggle to hang on to winger Jadon Sancho amid heavy interest from United this summer, previously refuted claims that Haaland had a release clause in his contract that could be activated in 2021 – saying there was ‘no such agreement’.
While that would strengthen the club’s negotiating position for another year, Bild reports that a release clause in his contract will become active in his contract in 2022, allowing him to leave for £65m.
United are expected to be among the interested parties having failed to land him in January, despite landing former PSG striker Edison Cavani on a free transfer.
Haaland’s electric form has continued into this season, scoring ten goals in ten games in the 2020-21 campaign – including a brace in the club’s 3-0 Champions League win over Club Brugge on Wednesday night.
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