Dortmund chief offers fresh Haaland update after Champions League heroics

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has opened up on the club's efforts to keep Erling Haaland this summer.

The Norway international is at the centre of a widespread transfer saga, with almost every top team in Europe desperate to sign him.

Manchester United and Manchester City are tussling over his signature while Chelsea are also in the hunt.

And in Spain, both Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen to bring him to La Liga with Haaland's agent Mino Raiola travelling around Europe drumming up interest.

It comes after a spectacular year where the 20-year-old has scored 39 times in all competitions.

After securing Champions League football for another season, Dortmund have grown confident that they can battle to keep hold of the Leeds-born star.

“I’m sure that [Haaland's] staying”, club chief Watzke said, though the same cannot be said for Jadon Sancho.

The England winger is keen on a return to the Premier League with United in pole position to sign the 21-year-old.

Dortmund have had a tricky season after sacking Lucien Favre earlier in the campaign following some disastrous results.

Their Bundesliga position threatened an exodus of players with Champions League football a minimum expectation.

But with a handful of games left, the Signal Iduna Park outfit ramped up their form to snatch a top-four spot from Eintracht Frankfurt with one match left.

Haaland and Sancho were the heroes against RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal Cup, too, as they landed silverware for the first time in their Dortmund careers.

Both grabbed braces in a 4-1 win in Berlin earlier this month as interest continues to grow over the duo.

Haaland's controversial agent Raiola was seen flying around Europe in a bid to find his client a new club but Dortmund are sticking to their guns.

Last month, the Dutch-Italian said: "I can confirm that I've been in Dortmund. Michael Zorc – Dortmund's sporting director – made very clear that they don't want to sell Erling.

"I respect it but it doesn't mean that I agree. There is no war between me and Dortmund."

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