Erling Haaland has admitted his pride at being part of Borussia Dortmund’s squad after hitting a hat-trick in the club’s opening game of the season.
The Norwegian hitman was as lethal as ever as the Schwarzgelben earned a comprehensive 3-0 win against Wehen Wiesbaden on Saturday in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, with Dortmund aiming to defend their title.
Predictably, Haaland notched all three strikes to continue his eye-watering goal-scoring record since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund, and displaying exactly why he has been courted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer.
One of those interested was thought to be Chelsea, with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel aiming to bolster his frontline ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
A deal for Haaland now looks highly unlikely, with Chelsea instead targeting Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku.
football.london understands that the Blues are set to announce the return of the Belgian forward in the coming days, with sources suggesting that a deal could potentially have been closed by the end of play on Sunday.
Regardless, Haaland has admitted that he is instead happy remaining at the Wesfalenstadion, having marked his competitive return to Dortmund action with a bang.
Speaking to Sport BILD after securing the matchball on Saturday, the Norwegian said: “It was nice to win, nice to score, nice to be back again. And it felt good to see all of these people. I am proud to be part of this group.”
Should the 21-year-old remain in Germany this season, it still looks highly likely that he could depart Dortmund next summer, with his release clause reportedly set to halve.
With the signature of Lukaku all-but secure, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea remain in the market for Haaland in a year’s time.
Source by Football London