Erling Haaland has issued a statement of intent ahead of the new season by changing his Borussia Dortmund squad number to No9.
The Norway striker was one of the most sought-after youngsters in Europe before joining the German giants from RB Salzburg for £18million in January.
After scoring 28 goals in 22 appearances for the Austrian side, Haaland continued to find the back of the net at a remarkable rate in the Bundesliga and ended the campaign with 13 goals in 15 games.
His incredible form at the tender age of 20 has seen Haaland linked with big-money moves to Real Madrid and Manchester United.
But he appears set on remaining with Dortmund for the foreseeable future after choosing to don the No9 jersey.
Haaland was handed the number 17 shirt upon his arrival at Signal Iduna Park but will now wear the traditional centre-forward's number.
He confirmed the switch with a post on Twitter, which he captioned: "New season, New number, #EBH9".
Paco Alcacer was the most recent incumbent of the No9 shirt, while it was also worn in the not so distant past by Robert Lewandowski.
Haaland's change of number comes after he spoke of his desire to win the Bundesliga with Dortmund last month.
"I have a long-term contract here until 2024. In any case, it is my big goal to win BVB the title and to celebrate fantastic successes with our fans," he told Bild .
"We have the quality to become champions but talking alone is not enough. Bayern have distinguished themselves by their incredible consistency."
Meanwhile, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke issued a hands-off warning to Haaland's suitors in June.
Asked if the striker could make a move away from the club this year, Watzke replied: “A transfer is completely out of the question for Haaland.”
Dortmund finished second and 13 points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season, while the 2020/21 campaign is set to begin on 18 September.
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