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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Teen Haaland keeps his focus

Erling Braut Haaland. Photo: Barbara Gindl
Erling Braut Haaland. Photo: Barbara Gindl

Red Bull Salzburg goalscoring sensation Erling Braut Haaland insists he is not distracted by speculation linking him to some of Europe's top clubs.

The 19-year-old has taken the Champions League by storm on his debut in the competition and his eight goals so far is bettered only by Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

Haaland, son of former Leeds and Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge, has scored 28 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions this term and has five hat-tricks to his name, including one on his Champions League debut.

That has, understandably, led to him being linked with a number of clubs but the teenager is remaining focused on the job in hand: namely beating Liverpool this evening to secure a place in the knockout stage at the defending champions' expense.

"I'm just focused on my job: playing football. I try to enjoy what I do every day, and go in with a clear mindset and enjoy the moment right now," he told a press conference. My focus now is on Salzburg and me as a player. It is not hard at all."

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