'I see Haaland with us for a long time' - Dortmund director Zorc dismisses transfer rumours surrounding Real Madrid-linked striker
The Norwegian frontman is attracting plenty of high profile admirers after his bright start to life at Westfalenstadion, and is already being tipped to move onto an even bigger club, despite being tied to Dortmund through to 2024.
Real Madrid have been among those credited with an interest in Haaland, who reportedly has a €75 million (£67m/$89m) release clause in his current contract, which will become active in 2022.
However, Zorc is paying no attention to the speculation surrounding the ex-Salzburg star's future, as he told a press conference ahead of BVB's Bundesliga 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."
Asked if it is important to carefully manage the weight of expectation on Haaland's shoulders at this stage of his career, the Dortmund chief responded:"You don't have to ground him at all.
"He exudes such a positive dynamic. Why should we slow it down now?
"He is leading the way, that is very good for us. I do not believe in artificially slowing positive developments."
Haaland will likely return to Lucien Favre's starting XI when Koln arrive at Westfalenstadion this weekend, with Dortmund aiming to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern with only a point separating the two sides.
Source : goal.com
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