Erling Haaland: Borussia Dortmund ‘surprised’ by claims over being ‘pressed’ into decision on transfer future

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Borussia Dortmund have distanced themselves from Erling Haaland’s claims that he is being pressured into making a quick decision over his future.

The Norwegian claimed after Friday’s win over Freiburg, in which he scored twice, that the club have “pressed” him on the matter, adding that “things will happen now” despite his preference to focus on his football.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona are all reportedly interested in Haaland’s services, with a release clause worth just £63million set to kick in this summer amid a bumper new contract offer from Borussia.

“Erling Haaland's comments surprised us a bit,” sporting director Michael Zorc told Kicker.

“Currently there is no deadline and there have not even been any talks yet. But it is clear, understandable and only professional that we want and have to hold talks at some point.”

Fellow Dortmund chief Sebastian Kehl, who will take over Zorc’s role in the summer, stressed that there is no tension in the club’s relationship with Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola.

“I don’t know why he said that,” Kehl admitted to Bild. “Maybe there was a bit of frustration because he was very angry about the late yellow card in the game and then was quite emotional afterwards. But the interview statements seemed to have been pre-planned.

“Maybe it bothered him that so much has been said and written about it recently. A lot of it has lacked any basis.

“We had and continue to have a very good relationship with Erling, his father Alf-Inge and Mino Raiola.”

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