Man City complete Haaland's 'proud' move

Erling Haaland said his transfer to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund is a “big move” for his career as the Norwegian aims to lead the Premier League champions to more trophies.

City announced last month that they had beaten competition from Europe’s top clubs to reach a deal with the German giants after triggering Haaland’s 51 million pound ($63 million) release clause.

The 21-year-old’s move was officially completed on Monday with Haaland signing a five-year deal to follow in the footsteps of his father Alfie Inge Haaland, who played for City between 2000 and 2003.

“This is a proud day for me and my family. I’ve always watched City and have loved doing it in recent seasons,” Haaland said.

“I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I am confident that I can do it here. This is a big move for me, and I can’t wait to get started in preseason.”

The arrival of one of world football’s greatest talents ends City’s search for a specialist striker to succeed Sergio Aguero, who left the club last year.

City’s attempt to sign England captain Harry Kane from Tottenham failed last summer, but Pep Guardiola’s men still had enough to beat Liverpool by a point and win their fourth Premier League title in five. seasons.

However, the English champions failed again in their bid to win the Champions League for the first time, losing a dramatic semi-final to Real Madrid 6–5 on aggregate.

Haaland has scored 23 goals in 19 Champions League appearances for Dortmund and RB Salzburg and is expected to push City to the limit when it matters most in Europe.

“There are so many world-class players in this team and Pep is one of the best managers of all time, so I think I am in the right place to fulfill my ambitions,” he added.

“You can’t help but admire their style of play, it’s exciting and they create a lot of chances, which is perfect for a player like me.”

Haaland almost had his pick of Europe’s top clubs thanks to a below-market release clause and an impressive record of 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund.

He rebuffed advances from Manchester United when he moved from Salzburg to Dortmund in January 2020 and his decision to choose the Etihad as his destination is a blow to City’s rise.

“His rise has been remarkable, but he is still only 21 years old. His best years are yet to come and we are confident that he can improve further by working with Pep,” City director of football Txiki Begiristain said.

“He is a great talent and has been one of the best strikers in Europe in recent seasons.

“His goalscoring record is exceptional and his performances at Borussia Dortmund and in the Champions League in particular have shown that he can succeed at the highest level.”

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