Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland will benefit from staying in Germany for at least one more season.
The Norway international, who has netted six goals in five appearances for the Bundesliga giants already this season, had been heavily linked with an exit from Dortmund throughout this summer’s transfer window, often with a switch to England in mind.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all shown interest in the 21-year-old, but Dortmund always maintained their stance that he would not be sold this summer — despite some clubs being prepared to pay over £100million to secure his signature.
As reported by MEN Sport earlier this year, United have already sounded out Haaland as their number one target to bolster their attacking department next summer, with a release clause in the region of £75million within his contract expected to become active.
Whatever happens next summer, former City midfielder Hamann believes Haaland will benefit from remaining at Dortmund, at least for the time being.
Hamann told Sky Sports: “I think it’s probably the best for him because he developed in a short space of time at Salzburg and then at Dortmund into a top-class centre forward – he gets game time here.
“He can score goals. It will be good for his confidence.
“We’ve seen with players, obviously in different positions, such as [Ousmane] Dembele who turned into a top player, Jadon Sancho, what he did in Dortmund in the few seasons. For his development it’s best to stay here for another year.
“We, here in Germany, are delighted he’s here for another year.”
Haaland was nothing short of sensational for Dortmund last season, justifying the interest in him this summer, scoring 41 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.
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