The future of star striker Erling Haaland is not an issue among the team, Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose insisted on Monday.

After Friday’s 5-1 Bundesliga win over Freiburg, Haaland had told Norwegian TV that he felt Dortmund was putting pressure on him to decide by March.

The 21-year-old is sought by many European top clubs and has a 75-million euros (86 million dollars) buyout clause in his contract until 2024.

Dortmund officials said on the weekend there was no such pressure although they want clarity at some stage, and Rose insisted Monday the team is not affected by the issue.”For us it is not a big issue. The situation that there is constant speculation is not new. So I am completely relaxed,” Rose said on the eve of the title holders’ German Cup game at St Pauli Hamburg.”It is due to the media coverage that the issue is so big. I talked to Erling yesterday – about football. That’s all I am interested in. He is looking forward to the Cup game.”

Dortmund will be without defender Emre Can who is nursing an adductor injury. Manuel Akanji, who is back from knee surgery, could take his place. Rose said his team would not underestimate second division leaders St Pauli and added: “I believe we will see them back in the Bundesliga next season.”It is a challenging task, and we need excellent performance and must confirm what we have worked hard for.”