Sebastian Kehl: Borussia Dortmund are planning with Erling Haaland amid transfer rumours

Erling Haaland (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Erling Haaland (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Sebastian Kehl has commented on the transfer rumours linking Erling Haaland with a move away from Borussia Dortmund. In an interview with Sky Germany ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, the head of players’ department said that they are planning with the striker for next season.

"“We are dealing with the situation in a very relaxed manner,” Kehl said. “We have of course been following it, but we just had a very good conversation recently [with Mino Raiola]. We are planning with Erling.”"

Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge Haaland traveled to Spain to meet with Barcelona and Real Madrid officials on Thursday, fuelling rumours that the 20 year old could be on the move in the summer. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are also reportedly in the race for Haaland’s signature.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc responded to the news of Raiola’s trip to Spain by saying that they have already made their position very clear to the striker’s agent.

Ruhr Nachrichten and WAZ both reported that the BVB bosses sat down with Raiola on Wednesday. And they informed him that Haaland will not be allowed to leave in the upcoming summer transfer window, regardless of whether or not the team qualifies for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Haaland has more than three years left on his contract, so Borussia Dortmund are under no pressure to sell him this summer. His contract reportedly contains a release clause, which will come into effect at the end of next season.

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The Norwegian international made his 50th appearance for Borussia Dortmund against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. He has scored 49 goals and provided 11 assists since making the switch from RB Salzburg in January 2020.