Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he has remained in contact with reported transfer target Erling Haaland.
The Borussia Dortmund striker worked with countryman Solskjaer during the United coach's reign as manager at Molde in Norway and has since gone on to become one of Europe's most sought-after strikers.
Haaland (20) has netted an incredible 43 goals in 43 appearances since joining the Bundesliga giants last year and was crowned as the best young player in the world after winning the 2020 Golden Boy award.
His remarkable form has seen him emerge on the radar of a host of clubs across Europe, including the likes of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Solskjaer's Red Devils.
And the Norwegian coach has now set rumours ablaze after confirming that he has kept in contact with his former star, while hinting at United's interest in bringing the prolific striker to Old Trafford at some point in the future.
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"I think when you’ve had kids and players through as a coach you follow them, of course, and I keep in touch with Erling," Solskjaer said, per the Independent.
"So it’s great to see him become the player he has become and I know he’ll work to improve all the time. He’s a Dortmund player. We just wish him well there and then let’s see what life will bring later on."
The 47-year-old refused to be drawn further on the issue but did seemingly admit that his side held an interest in Haaland prior to the Leeds-born star's move to Dortmund.
"One, you know I can’t speak about Erling because he’s with Borussia Dortmund and I think it’s disrespectful to talk too much about it apart from that I know him and that I speak to him," he added.
"Who wasn’t interested in him a year ago? Because everyone would say you’d take the best players in the world and Erling is a top player.
"But for me and the recruitment, I think we’ve done well. I think the signings we’ve made since I’ve come to the club have all contributed and added to the squad."