Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has launched a stinging attack on Erling Haaland’s father and agent.
The Borussia Dortmund forward is one of European football’s hottest properties having averaged around a goal a game for the past two seasons.
The 20-year-old has netted 47 goals in 48 games for Dortmund since joining them in the 2020 January transfer window from Red Bull Salzburg.
That impressive form has resulted in the forward being linked with a host of tops clubs around Europe, including Liverpool.
The Norway international has also been linked with a summer switch to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and his father, Alf-Inge, are believed to have met with both Real Madrid and Barcelona over a potential move this summer at the end of last week.
And Hamann believes not only have Haaland’s representatives acted unprofessionally, but Dortmund should have put their foot down sooner.
“It’s the most important game of the season and you are not able to address this behaviour because you are afraid to upset the player,” he told Sky Germany.
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“Dortmund should think about why the players are always walking all over them. They lack leadership there.
“The behaviour of Haaland’s father and Raiola is unspeakable, disrespectful, a cheek. If he wants to go, let him go.
“Dortmund paid a lot of money for an 18-year-old, he should be happy that he can play there.”
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Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc claimed last week that the club had no plans to sell Haaland this summer.
And speaking after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, Dortmund’s head of player department Sebastian Kehl backed up that stance and claimed his side are preparing for next season with Haaland in their ranks.
He said: “Our position is clear: we are planning with Erling. We are very relaxed about that.
“Of course, we have been following the situation. But we had a very, very good talk with Mino and his father just recently.
“I don’t want to go into those talks now. From a certain point on, we may no longer be able to influence what the future will bring.”