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Dortmund make ‘difficult’ Haaland transfer admission

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has opened up about the challenge he faces in keeping Erling Haaland next summer.

Hans-Joachim Watzke has conceded he has a fight on his hands to keep Erling Haaland at Borussia Dortmund in 2022.

The prolific Norwegian striker is hot on the radar of some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid. He hasn’t, though, allowed it to affect his performances.

In fact, Haaland has arguably raised his game again this season. He has already supplied seven goals and a handful of assists in the Bundesliga alone to keep Dortmund in the thick of the title battle.

On his chances of keeping the 21-year-old at Signal Iduna Park next season, Watzke told Welt am Sonntag: “Of course it will be difficult. I am not saying, however, that it is completely out of the question. We’ll do everything we can to keep our top players loyal to us in the future.”

If Dortmund do have to search for a new goal machine, Watzke added: “We have to have the self-confidence to say we’ll find a new top striker again.”

Haaland and co return to action this Saturday for a trip to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.