Borussia Dortmund should have a clear idea on Erling Haaland’s future in the next six weeks, but their chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insisted they can cope without their talisman.
Haaland has taken the Bundesliga by storm since he arrived from Salzburg in January 2020, scoring 80 goals in 79 appearances across all competitions – finding the net once every 80.5 minutes on average.
That has made him one of the most sought-after talents in European football, with a host of elite clubs circling for when his reported €75million release clause kicks in at the end of this season.
The 21-year-old is yet to declare his intentions, with Dortmund head coach Marco Rose suggesting he has not given up hope of retaining Haaland’s services.
Dortmund chief Watzke revealed a conclusion to discussions will likely arrive soon, though he believes Rose’s side will recover even if they lose their star striker.
When asked whether Dortmund can keep Haaland by n-tv, Watzke responded: “I don’t know. That will certainly clear up in the next few weeks, maybe a month, maybe six weeks.
“If he decides to leave, we will deal with it the way we always have. We have lost a few goalscorers in the past: Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. We will find someone new again.”
Dortmund have managed without Haaland for the past month after the forward, who has scored four goals in four games in all competitions to start 2022, sustained a muscle injury.
Rose’s team have netted 25 times in eight matches this calendar year – trailing only Liverpool (31) and Real Betis (29) across Europe’s top five leagues.
Dortmund will be hoping to continue that rich vein of scoring form when they look to overturn a 4-2 deficit at Rangers in the second leg of their Europa League knockout round play-off at Ibrox on Thursday.
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