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Borussia Dortmund general manager says Erling Haaland must reproduce Robert Lewandowski


Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Manchester United and Chelsea target Erling Haaland to use Robert Lewandowski’s career as a role model to reach the top.

The Norway international has been in scintillating form since his transfer to Der BVB in January 2020, averaging one goal per game in his first 35 appearances for the club.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland has been sensational since joining Dortmund | Maja Hitij / Getty Images

The 20-year-old’s unmistakable talent has not gone unnoticed among the European elite, with a whole host of clubs seeking the signing of the Dortmund man.

Among those reportedly keen on making a deal for Haaland are Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea. However, in a bid to keep the Norwegian’s services, Watzke told the youngster to consider the progress of former Dortmund man Lewandowski before deciding to leave the club so soon.

Lewandowski spent four years with Dortmund before moving to Bayern Munich, where he is now considered by many to be the best striker in the world, and – although he doesn’t expect Haaland to move anytime soon – Watzke has tells the youngster that he should consider Lewandowski’s development during his four seasons with Dortmund before deciding on his future.

“I do not think that [an exit] is going to happen, “he told Kicker.” Erling and his advisor Mino Raiola know what they have in us.

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland has 35 goals in 35 games for Dortmund | Lars Baron / Getty Images

“I can only advise him to do things like Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski has given himself the time to become a world-class player in Dortmund.

“You won’t be able to do this in a year. Because it is clear that if Erling is to leave us at some point, he will only go to an even bigger club, and a lot of them are not taken into account. If you join a club – just as an example – Real Madrid, you have to be world class. “