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Zorc: "Haaland cannot, does not want to and will not change clubs"

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insists that Erling Haaland will remain with the German outfit after his agent Mino Raiola revealed that ten clubs want to sign him.

Zorc: "Haaland cannot, does not want to and will not change clubs"
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Borussia Dortmund sporting director and club legend, Michael Zorc, has insisted Erling Haaland is not for sale following comments made by the player’s well-known agent Mino Raiola.

Raiola recently told the BBC that there are up to ten clubs looking to secure the services of the sought-after Norwegian forward, four of which are from England.

When asked about Raiola’s statements to the BBC, Zorc responded by assuring that "Haaland cannot, does not want to and will not change clubs", insisting that Dortmund remains the best club for the 20-year-old goal machine.

Asked if there was any ill-feeling towards Raiola over his comments, Zorc said: "It doesn't bother me at all. I don't think they caused a stir either. They were completely normal statements. There are no bad vibes at all.”

Zorc: Dortmund happy to have Haaland

Dortmund’s third all-time top scorer, Zorc reaffirmed that the club are happy with their prized young asset since his arrival in January 2019 and hope to keep him for the foreseeable future.

"We are happy to have Erling here, and happy that he has been scoring more in recent matches and has proved his worth for us,” said Zorc.

“He still has a contract with Bayern until 2024. I can only say that we continue to have him in our plans. I also believe that he doesn’t feel uncomfortable here in Dortmund, on the contrary.”

Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring against FC Schalke 04.

Haaland key to Dortmund resurgence

Dortmund currently sit in sixth place and six points off the top four, meaning Champions League football is far from a certainty at the end of what has been a difficult season for the club.

Asked if there was a possibility that Dortmund would be forced to sell Haaland if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, Zorc made it clear they were not concerned about such a scenario.

"We expect that in the end we will achieve our goal of qualifying for the Champions League. I have no doubt about this and whatever happened, Erling would continue with us.”

Dortmund are recovering form and have a chance to extend their winning streak in all competitions to three games when they face Arminia on Saturday after last weekend’s convincing 4-0 victory over Schalke 04.

Dortmund’s recent resurgence has been largely attributed to Haaland. The Norwegian striker has managed back-to-back braces against Schalke and in the 3-2 win against Sevilla in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie. With 28 goals in 25 games played this season, his voracity for goals shows no signs of letting up.