ERLING HAALAND hit out at Borussia Dortmund for ‘pressuring’ him to work out his future.
It came as the club CEO confirmed they ARE demanding a decision.
Erling Haaland’s future at Borussia Dortmund is still unclear as tensions rise between the player and clubCredit: AFP
Haaland, 21, is wanted by a host of Europe’s top clubs with Barcelona and Real Madrid among the frontrunners.
Premier League giants Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are also in the hunt.
And Chelsea may reignite their interest if Romelu Lukaku follows through on his promise to return to Inter Milan.
But Dortmund want to know sooner rather than later if their star striker plans to leave this summer.
However, Haaland wants to concentrate on matters on the pitch for the time being.
Speaking after scoring twice on Friday night, including his side’s 2000th home Bundesliga goal, the Norwegian ace said: “All I want to do is to play football, but Dortmund press me to make a decision now about my future […] so that means I have to make a decision soon.
“They have started to put a lot of pressure on me and I have to accept that.
“I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for the club and the fans.
“But now that a lot of pressure is coming from the club, so it is the time to get things started. It means things will happen now.
“I have said from the beginning I want to focus on football because that’s when I am at my best. Not when other things come into my mind.”
Pressed on when he would make his call, Haaland added: “Not now because we’re in the middle of a difficult period with a lot of games. All I want to do is to play football, but I can’t do that now.”
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed the club ‘cannot wait until May’ to find out what Haaland wants to do.
The striker, who has a staggering 78 goals in 77 games for the club, could leave for around £63million this summer when his release clause kicks in.
Erling must also have some understanding for our situation… we can’t wait until the end of May
Dortmund would ideally want the ex-Red Bull Salzburg forward to sign a bumper new contract at Signal Iduna Park.
But Watzke insisted Haaland is staying put for now, especially with Dortmund still in with a chance of winning the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Europa League.
Watzke told Ruhr Nachrichten: “He is a spontaneous person, a young lad. He’s allowed to do that.
“There is no problem with Erling.
“But he must also have some understanding for our situation. We can’t wait until the end of May.”
Watzke added to Der Spiegel: “Who would give one of the best strikers in Europe away in the winter market if they didn’t have to?
“He will not leave in January. Dortmund is still in three competitions and we want to compete with the best teams.
“Of course it’ll be difficult to retain him. However, we want to and we’ll try. Haaland will not leave in January, but in summer it will be difficult to keep him.”
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Hans-Joachim Watzke is desperate to keep hold of the star strikerCredit: AFP