Youngster wants to play for Leeds United… and win the Premier League title, but ironically his future is in the hands of a Manchester United legend.
The son of former Leeds defender Alf-Inge Haaland has told the Norwegian press that he dreams of winning the Premier League with the Whites.
Erling Haaland, 16, has just signed a deal with top flight side Molde, who finished fifth in the Tippeligaen last season.
Haaland even made his debut for the club at the weekend, after penning a three year deal, with Molde warding off interest from German side Hoffenheim and Danish side FC Copenhagen.
Alf Inge Haaland played for Leeds during their Premier League run between 1997 and 2000.
Erling is a striker, who had previously been at Norwegian third division club Bryne, where he had a prolific goalscoring record.
Speaking to Norwegian newspaper Romsdals Budstikke, Erling said that Leeds is his dream, despite his dad’s spells also with Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.
He said: “I want to be the best possible. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds. In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more caps than he did.”
His dad earned 34 international caps for Norway, a figure which could have been even greater had his career not been cut short by a terrible challenge from Roy Keane which inflicted a knee injury.
Ironically it is one of Keane’s former Manchester United teammates who has Erling Haaland’s career in his hands.
Molde’s manager is ex-Red Devil and Norway international, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but Erling Haaland said that the chance to learn from the once deadly striker was a key decision in helping him choose the club.