Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive Dismisses Talk of Erling Haaland 2021 Release Clause

Ali Rampling
Dortmund's chief executive insists there is no release clause that would allow Haaland to leave the club next summer
Dortmund's chief executive insists there is no release clause that would allow Haaland to leave the club next summer / DeFodi Images/Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has dismissed speculation that there is a release clause in Erling Haaland's contract that would enable the 20-year-old to leave the club in 2021.

Haaland has seemingly been the subject of transfer speculation ever since joining Dortmund in January 2020, with his remarkable scoring rate for the Bundesliga outfit putting him among the very best in Europe.

Haaland emerged as one of the finest forwards in Europe following his move from RB Salzburg
Haaland emerged as one of the finest forwards in Europe following his move from RB Salzburg / Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

The forward has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and according to SportBILD, the latter are in discussions with Haaland'a agent Mino Raiola as they see the Norwegian forward as a ready-made replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

However, contrary to speculation, Watzke insists there is no clause in his contract that would allow one of Dortmund's prized assets to depart the club next summer, and the chief executive hopes they can persuade Haaland to remain at Westfalenstadion.

"There’s no such agreement,” Watzke told SportBILD. “And it’s not about that. It’s about convincing the player about the club and about our plans.

"We have a clear wish for Erling to stay with us, and we want to convince him and his agent to do that. I’m confident on that front.

Haaland averages a goal a game for Dortmund in the Champions League
Haaland averages a goal a game for Dortmund in the Champions League / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

“I think Erling feels at home with BVB. He definitely made the right choice to move to us last winter. To take another step so soon, I’d consider that the wrong decision for him, personally.”

SportBILD report that Haaland has been a long term target of Bayern's and was first on their radar back in November 2017. However, the then 17-year-old was considered too expensive for a player not guaranteed to start.

Having found the net 16 times in 18 appearances during his debut half season in Germany, Haaland has carried on from where he left off with nine goals in nine appearances thus far this term.

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