Dortmund chief sends Liverpool Erling Haaland transfer message

Haaland's future is the subject of speculation once again this winter with number of European elite clubs linked

The 20-year-old striker who has become one of the hottest properties in world football with his performances and goals has been the subjected of transfer speculation linking him with moves to Manchester United, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea including Liverpool.

The Norwegian international previously played down a move to Juventus in a ceremony night where he picked up the Golden Boy award presented by Italian media outlets TuttoSport.

"Have I been close to Juventus? That's what they say, but I've never said it," Haaland said.

"I've been at Borussia Dortmund for a year here, I'm fine here and I'm happy."

Now, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has called the youngster to follow the foot steps of Robert Lewandowski who played four seasons at the club before joining Bayern Munich in 2014.

Watzke believes it is too early for Haaland to be seeking a move elsewhere, he 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 has only been at Dortmund for a year after being snapped up from RB Salzburg last January.

Watzke believes the youngster still has a lot to learn.

"Haaland gave himself the time to mature into an absolute world-class player in Dortmund," he added. "You won't be able to do that in a year.

"If you join a club like - just for an example - Real Madrid, you have to be world-class."

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