Dortmund chief drops major Erling Haaland hint amid Real Madrid and Man City interest

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Borussia Dortmund’s head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl is confident Erling Haaland will stay at the club beyond next summer. Haaland is widely expected to depart once his release clause activates at the end of the season, with Europe’s heavyweights circling.

The 21-year-old will likely be the hottest property in football at the end of the season when clubs can sign him for £64million.

It’s a fee that poses as a bargain, considering Haaland has emerged as one of Europe’s top goalscorers in recent seasons.

And interest will subsequently be ripe, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid among those linked.

But figures at Dortmund seem confident the Norwegian superstar will stick around beyond 2022, despite the heavyweight interest.

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On Sunday, Kehl explained that Haaland hasn’t decided on his future, but Dortmund will ‘fight’ to retain his services.

He went as far as to say he would bet money on Haaland remaining at Westfalenstadion.

He told BILD: “Of course, we are trying to give him [Haaland] the feeling that Borussia Dortmund continues to be a top address for him and that he can still develop here.

“Maybe we can still convince him. We will fight for him. We will try everything. The decision has not yet been made, but I would bet €100 (£85) [on him staying].”

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Man City will reportedly host negotiations with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola in January over a potential transfer next summer.

After missing out on a new striker this summer following Sergio Aguero’s departure, he is Pep Guardiola’s top transfer target.

But City will face tough competition, with Haaland’s former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also identifying him as his next marquee signing.

Solskjaer’s status as United manager should play a key role in the Red Devils’ hopes for Haaland, though.

Bayern will fancy him as Robert Lewandowski’s replacement at the Allianz Arena, despite the 33-year-old still firing in goals on a regular basis.

And Real reportedly want to make a statement next summer by acquiring Haaland on top of Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer from PSG.

The saga will undoubtedly be gripping, but Dortmund will likely do all they can to prevent their star man from departing.

Whether Kehl’s evident confidence spreads throughout the Bundesliga giants remains to be seen.

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