Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has spoke out on the latest transfer rumours surrounding Erling Haaland.
Haaland has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United – and the speculation only increased after his latest Champions League exploits.
The Norwegian striker's double in a 3-0 win over Club Bruges took his tally to an incredible 33 goals from 31 appearances in all competitions since he joined Dortmund in January.
Of those goals, eight have come in just six Champions League outings, while he also scored eight in eight games in the competition for his previous club Red Bull Salzburg.
No wonder the 20-year-old is on the radar of some of Europe's biggest clubs.
But while Madrid are reportedly leading the chase for Haaland, Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc insists he is going nowhere.
"We plan for the long term with Erling. [Rumours] do not have to be dealt with at all," said Zorc in a press conference ahead of his side's Bundesliga clash with Koln this weekend.
"I will see him with us for a long time."
Haaland was United's top target in this year's January transfer window while he was still with Salzburg.
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But the Red Devils pulled out of talks, and Dortmund signed the prodigy for £18m.
How United must be regretting that decision now, given his current form.
the prolific striker is contracted to Dortmund until 2024, and according to Goal he has a €75million (£67m) release clause in his contract.
But Zorc insists there is no need to keep the young centre-forward grounded despite his surging transfer value.
"He exudes such a positive dynamic. Why should we slow it down now?
"He is leading the way, that is very good for us. I do not believe in artificially slowing positive developments."
Dortmund's goals on Tuesday were completed by another United target, Jadon Sancho, who also set up Haaland's opener.
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