Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has confirmed that he intends to play for a Spanish club during his career.
Bundesliga giants Dortmund have recently confirmed that Real Madrid are among those who are interested in signing the Norwegian striker, while Barcelona last month held a meeting with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
Haaland looks set for a high-profile transfer in the medium-term, with a reported £70million release clause kicking-in to his Dortmund contract from this summer.
There is little question over the 22-year-old’s world class status, as he has netted 76 goals in just 74 appearances for Dortmund since his switch from Red Bull Salzburg two years ago.
The record-breaking striker has been making the most of the Bundesliga’s brief winter break to sun himself in southern Spain and enjoy some recuperation time.
Haaland is currently in Marbella, where he is quoted by Spanish newspaper Diario AS as giving an update on his future.
He is alleged to have been approached by a group of locals who recognised him and asked him where he would be joining in the future.
Haaland is said to have responded to the question: “I will play here, in Spain.”
The striker has already established himself as one of the most fearsome players in world football with an expectation that he could be at the forefront of the sport for the next decade.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke last month said of the player: “It doesn’t matter where you go, everyone talks about Erling Haaland.
“The only thing I know is that Real Madrid are very interested in his signing.
“I could name you other 25 teams, but I know for a fact that Madrid are interested.”
Haaland has netted 27 goals in 25 matches in European competitions, which unsurprisingly has sparked interest from multiple leading clubs – with Bayern Munich also said to be monitoring his situation.
In the 2020–21 campaign, Haaland was integral in Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal win, won the Bundesliga Player of the Season award and finished as the top scorer of the Champions League.
Watzke added: “He might leave, but he might stay also.
“I talked to Mino Raiola a few days ago and the phone call was very positive.
“We will likely talk again in the upcoming weeks.”
Barcelona’s well-documented financial problems may mean that any approach could be fraught with difficulties, while Real Madrid are also said to be working on a move to land Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe as a free agent this summer.
Haaland’s future will no doubt continue to dominate headlines in the weeks and months to come.