Haaland: I feel like a leader at Borussia Dortmund



The Norwegian striker says he is embracing a talismanic role at Westfalenstadion after a stunning start to his BVB career

Erling Haaland has admitted that he already feels like a leader at Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland has solidified his reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific young strikers this season, with his latest stellar display coming in a derby victory against Schalke at the weekend.

The 20-year-old scored twice as Dortmund ran out 4-0 winners at Veltins-Arena, and he is fully embracing his role as the club’s new talisman as they continue to fight for success across domestic and European competitions.

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What was said?

Asked if he now sees himself as one of the leaders in the BVB dressing room, Haaland told ViaPlay Fotball: “You can say that. I feel like I take more and more space.

“The club trusts me and expects me to tilt games in our favour. And I enjoy being in that role, so I think I agree with you there.”

The Norwegian added on his desire to influence the club’s next generation of talent: “I feel like I’ve experienced a lot, despite my young age.

“I’m trying to take care of the ones younger than me, and I try to help everyone get better.”

Haaland’s prolific start to life at Dortmund

Dortmund spent €20 million (£17m/$24m) to bring Haaland to Westfalenstadion from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, which has proven to be one of the bargain deals of the last decade.

The towering centre-forward has hit 43 goals in his first 43 outings for the club, including 27 so far this term, with Bundesliga and Champions League defences yet to find a way to keep him at bay.

The bigger picture

If Haaland continues on his current trajectory, a bidding war among a number of top European clubs could break out when the transfer window reopens this summer.

The likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been credited with an interest in the Dortmund star, who is reportedly now valued in excess of €80m (£69m/$97m).

Haaland has insisted that he is quite content at Westfalenstadion for the time being, but it has been suggested that BVB may consider cashing in on a prized asset later this year amid mounting financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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