Erling Haaland has moved to quieten Borussia Dortmund fears after he angrily responded to their latest Bundesliga disappointment.
The 20-year-old actually scored a brace against FC Koln, including a stoppage time equaliser, but was visibly furious at the full-time whistle of the 2-2 draw.
The result is one that puts another dent in Dortmund’s quest to finish in the top-four and secure Champions League qualification.
Dortmund’s struggles in the league aren’t through a lack of effort – he now has 33 goals in 31 competitions, as his reputation continues to grow.
But he made headlines after reacting to more dropped points on Saturday, as he threw his shirt to an opposition player before storming down the tunnel.
However, he has since posted on social media, claiming they will use the result as motivation further down the line.
He said: “Not a great result. We will use this as motivation to be back stronger!
“Thanks to all the Borussia Dortmund fans for your continued support. We’ll be back soon!”
But sporting director Michael Zorc has admitted that missing out on Europe’s top competition could make keeping their star asset difficult.
“We will try to keep Erling Haaland as long as possible for sporting reasons,” Zorc said last week.
“I have never seen someone like him. We can search Europe-wide. If he ever left us somewhere, there would only be a handful of clubs.
“We don’t want to play in the Europa League on Thursdays. We want to give our calling card in the Champions League.”
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Zorc also disputed Mino Raiola’s claim that up to ten clubs could be in the mix for Haaland, suggesting there is a very limited list of potential suitors.
“It’s clear that Erling Haaland can’t and won’t pick just any club after Dortmund,” he added.
“I can’t even pick out 10 possible clubs [who can afford the striker]. We’re happy to have Erling here with us and that he has scored in the last few games, proving his value for us.
“I can only say that we’ll continue to plan with him, and I don’t think that he’s uncomfortable at Dortmund.”
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