Manchester City striker Erling Haaland says he didn't need to be persuaded by head coach Pep Guardiola to join the Premier League champions ahead of his high-profile summer transfer.
Haaland, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee of £51million, made his debut for his new club in a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield last month. However, the Norwegian has made an impressive start to his Premier League career.
In Manchester City's 2-0 win over West Ham United on Matchday 1, Haaland opened his account for the season with a brace. He also provided an assist in his side's 4-0 home win against newly promoted Bournemouth on August 13.
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Speaking to FourFourTwo, Haaland explained his reasons for joining the six-time Premier League winners. He stated :
“Well, Pep didn't have to sell me the club, that's for sure. He had nothing to sell at all. To begin with, he is a special trainer and that was very important to me. We all know what he has done for his clubs, but also for the players and for the game in general. It's something I want to be part of. I think we can have a lot of fun together.”
Speaking about his current club, he added:
" It is enormous. The facilities around us, the staff, the people around the club, it's a huge organisation. It's a very professional club, they do everything in a good way to help the players, which I really like. »
Haaland, who signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, scored 27 goals and provided five assists in 29 appearances in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season. He should lead the Citizens to a fifth national title in the space of six seasons.
Manchester City will face Eddie Howe's Newcastle United at St. James' Park on August 21.
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