Erling Haaland is unconcerned with reports that he is a summer transfer option for Manchester City and Barcelona, with the Norwegian striker keen to stress that he has a long-term deal with Borussia Dortmund.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest commodities in European football, with top clubs from around the continent scrambling to get to the front of a recruiting line.
Big-money bids are rumored to be in the works, with the most ambitious clubs keen to invest in world-class talent, but Haaland says he will try to ignore the speculation and have his sights set on the future.
Many people believe Haaland will win the Ballon d’Or in the future, and he is already gaining a place among the world’s elite.
When it comes to upholding impressive standards at the highest level, he is being billed as a natural heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe also being put in that bracket.
Haaland, on the other hand, is keen to resist those distinctions for the time being because he is well aware of how much effort he has to put in to compete with two all-time greats who have 11 Ballon d’Or wins between them.
When asked about the reports after joining the Norwegian national team, Haaland said, “I still have three years of contract [at Dortmund].” It doesn’t bother me.”
A forward who was playing for Molde in his home country as early as 2018 has seen a meteoric rise to prominence.
Time spent at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria proved to be a pivotal turning point, with Champions League exploits propelling his stock to new heights.
Dortmund beat Manchester United to a heavily sought-after signing in January 2020, and Haaland has scored 49 goals in 49 games with them.