Marco Rose appeared at the pre-match interview
Dortmund boss Marco Rose is “deeply relaxed” about the striker’s future,
While Erling Haaland has hinted he is growing frustrated with the Bundesliga side.
Haaland was on target twice in Friday’s 5-1 win over Freiburg to make it 15 league goals for the campaign and 55 in 56 games for Dortmund in all competitions since joining.
Only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (79 goals in 62 games) has found the net more often over the past two years among players from Europe’s top five leagues.
Several clubs are interested in signing the Norwegian international from Dortmund, including Real Madrid and Barcelona.
And Haaland, who reportedly has a €75million release clause in his contract that will activate in July, stated last week a decision on his future will be made soon.
“The last six months I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for Dortmund, but now the club has started to press me into making a decision,” Haaland said.
“All I want to do is to play football. But they press me to make a decision now about my future. So that means that I have to make a decision soon.
“They have started to put a lot of pressure on me, I have to accept that. I have chosen not to say anything out of respect for the club and the fans.
“But now a lot of pressure is coming from the club, so now is the time to get things started. This is what they want. It means that things will happen now.”
That was seen as Haaland venting his frustration at the speculation regarding his future, but head coach Marco Rose does not see it that way.
“It’s not a big issue for us,” he said at a news conference previewing Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal last-16 tie with St. Pauli.
“We spoke briefly on Sunday, but it was mainly about football. I’m deeply relaxed about this topic because I see Erling here every day.”
“Erling is looking forward to the cup game and that’s the most important thing for me as a coach.”
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