Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is spending his winter break in Marbella, and unsurprisingly, he has faced a lot of questions about his future from fans.
The Norway international is perhaps the most in-demand player on the planet. Real Madrid and Barcelona are working tirelessly to lure him to Spain, while Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are all keeping a very close eye on the situation.
It was recently claimed that Haaland’s preferred destination would be in Spain, and specifically Real Madrid.
Now, AS state that he has gone as far as to tell some local fans: “[Next year] I will play here, in Spain.”
Whether those words were actually sincere or not is up for debate. Anyone who has ever seen an interview with Haaland will know that he’s up for saying whatever he thinks will cause the funniest reaction for him.
Dortmund are yet to give up hope of keeping Haaland and are ready to pay him the highest salary in the club’s history to convince him to stay for at least one more season, when he could be sold for his real worth and not his £68m release clause.
They are expected to demand a meeting with Haaland’s camp in the coming days to determine his plans for the future, with BILD stating he will be given until the end of February to make his intentions clear.
Dortmund want enough time to find a replacement, with Red Bull Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi and Angers’ Mohamed-Ali Cho both on the radar.