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The Norwegian forward says he is taking on a talismanic role at Westfalenstadion after an impressive 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 the most prolific young forwards in Europe this season, with his last stellar display in a derby win against Schalke at the weekend.
The 20-year-old scored two goals as Dortmund came away with a 4-0 victory at Veltins-Arena, and is fully assuming his role as the club’s new talisman as they continue to strive for success in national and European competitions.
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When asked if he now sees himself as one of the leaders in the BVB dressing room, Haaland said ViaPlay Soccer: “You can say that. I feel like I’m taking more and more space.
“The club trusts me and expects me to tilt the games in our favor. And I enjoy playing that role, so I think I agree with you.”
The Norwegian added of his desire to influence the club’s next generation of talents: “I feel like I have experienced a lot, despite my young age.
“I’m trying to take care of those younger than me, and I’m trying to help everyone improve.”
Haaland’s prolific start to life in Dortmund
Dortmund spent € 20 million (£ 17 million / $ 24 million) to bring Haaland to Westfalenstadion from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, which has proven to be one of the deals of the last decade.
The imposing center forward has scored 43 goals in his first 43 games for the club, including 27 so far this season, and defenses in the Bundesliga and the Champions League have yet to find a way to keep him at bay.
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If Haaland continues on his current trajectory, a bidding war could erupt between several of Europe’s top clubs when the transfer window reopens this summer.
Players such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the Dortmund star, who is now reportedly valued at more than 80 million euros (69 million pounds / 97 million dollars).
Haaland has insisted that he is quite satisfied at Westfalenstadion for now, but it has been suggested that BVB might consider cashing in on a prized asset later this year amid mounting financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.