Dortmund chief confirms Real Madrid interest in Haaland after Raiola chat

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Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that Real Madrid are set to make a move for Erling Haaland next summer. Haaland has been a revelation since Dortmund snapped him up from RB Salzburg for a paltry £17million back in January 2020.

The 21-year-old has plundered an incredible 76 goals in 74 games for the Bundesliga outfit.

That form has, unsurprisingly, attracted the attention of just about every top club in Europe.

Real Madrid are just one of those clubs who are keen admirers of Haaland – something that Watzke confirmed in an interview with BILD.

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He said: “It doesn’t matter where you go, everyone talks about Erling Haaland.

“The only thing I know is that Real Madrid are very interested in his signing. I could name you other 25 teams, but I know for a fact that Madrid are interested.”

Real’s La Liga rivals, Barcelona, reportedly met with Haaland’s agent last week to open talks ahead of a future move.

Haaland is also being eyed by a clutch of Premier League clubs, with Manchester United and Manchester City both keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.

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But despite speculation over Haaland’s future intensifying in recent weeks, Watzke seemingly opened the door for the striker to extend his stay in Germany.

He added: “He might leave, but he might stay also. I talked to Mino Raiola a few days ago and the phone call was very positive. We will likely talk again in the upcoming weeks.”

Despite Watzke trying to talk up Haaland’s chances of staying at Dortmund, the striker set tongues wagging after taking the time to applaud and wave to all four sides of the ground following Dortmund’s victory over Greuther Furth on Wednesday night.

Haaland’s actions have fuelled speculation that he could be on the move sooner than anticipated.

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Dortmund director Michael Zorc was quizzed on the incident by Sky Sports Germany.

“I also saw the pictures and that looked a bit strange,” he admitted.

“I asked him what was behind it and he answered, ‘Nothing at all’. Of course he will definitely stay.”

But Zorc was left confident when discussing the prospects of Haaland remaining at the club beyond next summer.

He added: “Of course we would like him to stay in Dortmund over the summer … but we also know that under certain conditions he has the opportunity to switch and we will certainly have talks with him in the next few weeks.

“We have a long-term contract with him, so he has to take action first and not us. Everything would be cool for us if it stayed that way.”

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