Manchester City have struck a deal with Borussia Dortmund to recruit Erling Haaland this summer, but the Norwegian international has spoken out about his recent troubles.
In the build-up to his big-money move to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, Erling Haaland stated that the previous few months had been “difficult.”
City agreed to sign the striker from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, subject to him agreeing to personal conditions. City is expected to pay him £51 million for his services.
Since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, the Norwegian international has established himself as one of the most highly rated players in the world.
He was also heavily linked with moves to Real Madrid and French powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain. In 89 games for the German team, he scored 86 goals.
After spending the last two and a half years in Germany, the 21-year-old is expected to join the Citizens on July 1 after the clubs agreed on terms for him to make the transfer to the Premier League.
The transfer is dependent on the club and the player reaching an agreement on conditions.
Haaland will undoubtedly bring plenty of Bundesliga and European experience to City, having scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund since signing from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
Last season, though, he was plagued by muscle issues, which limited his playing time and forced him to spend a lot of time in the treatment room.
Haaland scored a hat-trick in Dortmund’s 4-3 defeat against Bochum in late April, before scoring in his farewell game for Dortmund against Hertha Berlin on May 14.
The former Molde prospect reminisced on his final season at Westfalenstadion, insisting that he gave his all for the Black and Yellows.
“It’s been a difficult few months. It wasn’t easy, but I gave it my all for the club.”
“I’m thrilled because I’m ready for four games [with the national team].” he told reporters via ESPN.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak feels they have signed an ‘extremely good striker’ in Haaland, and he also hinted that Pep Guardiola’s team might be bolstered further.
“Haaland has been on our radar for at least four or five years.” Al Mubarak said in an interview on the city’s website.
“He’s been on our radar for at least four or five years, first in Norway and then transferring to Dortmund.
I feel the entire world has been watching him since he is a one of a kind, very skilled attacker.”
“Every big club in the world apparently wanted him, and we’re pleased that Haaland chose Manchester City.” The club said. “I can confirm that additional players will be joining us.”
Al Mubarak continued, “We are aiming to improve the team in the areas where we need to strengthen.
As you know, certain players depart each season, and we have to keep refreshing the team. We will continue to seek methods to improve and enhance our position.”
“I believe we’ve already made two significant acquisitions, but I expect we’ll make a few more.
We’ll attempt to move as quickly as possible, but you know how the market works — it’s not always in our hands.”