Hans-Joachim Watzke: Erling Haaland feels completely at home at Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Erling Haaland (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images) /

Hans-Joachim Watzke believes that Erling Haaland feels right at home at Borussia Dortmund, and they will do everything they can to try and convince him to stay at the club beyond the end of the season. 

Speculation regarding Erling Haaland’s future continues to be a major talking point in Europe, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Paris St. Germain all reportedly interested in signing him next summer. Borussia Dortmund are also determined to keep him at the club for at least another season, and reports have claimed that they are willing to even double his salary.

Hans-Joachim Watzke is calm about the situation and believes that Haaland feels very much at home at Borussia Dortmund. In an interview with Sky Sport, the BVB CEO said:

"“Erling feels completely at home here, you get that feeling. But otherwise, I always tend not to conduct talks with a player through the media.”"

Watzke also confirmed that the BVB bosses will hold talks with Haaland in the near future to try and convince him to stay at the club for at least another season. But he also added that they will accept his decision if he decides to leave for another club next summer.

"“We will conduct the talks in an orderly manner and would like him to stay with us for longer,” Watzke said. “But if at the end of the day that’s not the case, we will accept that. And we will find solutions again. That’s also absolutely clear. That’s in the DNA of BVB. But it would be great for his development if he stayed with us a little longer.”"

Haaland still has close to three years left on his current contract with Borussia Dortmund. Reports have claimed that there is a release clause in his contract which will become active next summer.

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Haaland, who made his return from a hip flexor injury last weekend, has scored 71 goals in just 70 appearances since joining Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020. And Watzke believes that the 21 year old is a player who can ‘electrify an entire stadium’ with his presence.