Following Borussia Dortmund‘s 3-0 win over Greuther Furth on Wednesday, Erling Haaland was spotted waving to all four ends of Signal Iduna Park in what was interpreted as a farewell gesture after netting a brace to hand his team all three points.
However, the club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, reassured fans after Dortmund‘s last game in 2021 that the Norway international will stay put in the January transfer window.
“I asked him what was behind the gesture and he answered nothing at all,” Zorc told Sky Sports Germany.
“Of course he will stay. Of course we would like him to stay at Dortmund in the summer. We don’t have to give him up, not for financial reasons either.
“But we also know that under certain conditions he has the opportunity to change [clubs] and we will certainly have talks with him in the coming weeks.
“We have a long-term contract with him, so he has to act first and not us. Everything would be fine for Dortmund if it stays that way.”
Real Madrid interest confirmed
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, meanwhile, confirmed in an interview with Bild that Real Madrid are among the teams tracking Haaland.
Everyone is talking about Erling Haaland,” began Watzke.
“No matter where I go, everyone talks about Erling Haaland. All I know as a guarantee is that Real Madrid are very interested in him. I could name 25 other teams now, but I know that for sure.”
However, like Zorc, Watzke opened the door for the 21-year-old to stay at the club beyond the summer.
“He might leave, but he might also stay. I had a very good conversation with [his agent] Mino Raiola a few days ago,” he revealed.
“Conversations are always quite friendly, and that call was. No doubt we will have another meeting in the next few weeks.
“The focus is on Haaland‘s overall development. As with [Robert] Lewandowski, I would like to be proud of Erling at some point if he wins the Champions League.
“Personally, I think it’s good for him if he stays a bit longer in the Bundesliga. Raiola is a person who knows what he is doing.”