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Borussia Dortmund have reportedly told Erling Haaland to follow Robert Lewandowski’s footsteps amid growing transfer interest from Manchester United.
The 20-year-old striker is wanted by United, who have made the Norwegian their prime target after cooling interest in his teammate Jadon Sancho.
However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes it is too early for the youngster to be seeking a move elsewhere. When asked about the prospect of Haaland moving on in the summer, Watzke told Kicker :
“I don’t think that will happen. Erling and his advisor Mino Raiola know what they have in us.
“I can only advise him to do things like Robert Lewandowski.
“Haaland gave himself the time to mature into an absolute world-class player in Dortmund. You won’t be able to do that in a year.
“Because it is clear that if Erling should leave us at some point, then he will only go to an even bigger club, and so many are not considered.
“If you join a club like – just for an example – Real Madrid, you have to be world-class.”
Lewandowski spent four years honing his craft at Dortmund before eventually moving on to Bayern Munich in 2014; since becoming one of the world’s leading marksmen.
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