Borussia Dortmund won't be forced into selling Erling Haaland next summer, club CEO Hans Joachim Watzke has claimed, as he went on to label the recent rumours about their financial situation as "bullsh*t".
Rumours over the last few weeks have suggested that Dortmund might sell Haaland due to their weak financial situation - with the 21-year-old guaranteed to garner a massive transfer fee.
Haaland has been linked with an exit from Dortumd since last summer, but Watzke has insisted it is not necessary he will leave in 2022.
"It has not yet been decided whether it will really leave in the summer," Watzke has told Sport 1. "We'll just have a look. I heard someone say: 'They have to sell Haaland because they are listed on the stock exchange.' This is all bullsh*t. The decision whether someone is sold at our company is made by the management and only by the management."
Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the Norweigian, who reportedly has a release clause between €75 million and €100m in his contract that is set to become active next summer.
"The ball lies in Erling's court. I get on well with Mino Raiola because we can assess each other well," Watzke added. "I know what makes him tick. It is not right to believe that Raiola is all about the money. He also has in mind what is best for Erling."