Haaland ‘in the right place to fulfill ambitions’ as Man City complete transfer

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Erling Haaland believes he has come to the right club to fulfill his ambitions after Manchester City officially confirmed the striker’s arrival on Monday.

City announced on 10 May that an agreement was in place to sign Haaland from Borussia Dortmund after triggering his reported € 75 million (£ 64.2 million) release clause.

The Norwegian national team player has now officially put the pen to paper on a five-year contract at Etihad Stadium, and that agreement is to go through on 1 July.

Haaland had been one of Europe’s most coveted players and follows in the footsteps of his father Alf-Inge, who played for City between 2000 and 2003.

He scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund when he arrived from Salzburg in January 2020, averaging one goal every 84 minutes in all tournaments.

In fact, only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (123 goals in 108 games) can boast a better scoring rate during that period among players from Europe’s top five leagues.

And after switching to the Premier League champions, Haaland hopes his goals will lead to trophies led by Pep Guardiola.

“This is a proud day for me and my family,” he told City’s official website. “I’ve always seen City and have loved doing it in recent seasons.

“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.

“There are so many world-class players in this squad and Pep is one of the best managers of all time, so I think I’m in the right place to fulfill my ambitions.

“I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I’m sure I can do that here. This is a great move for me and I can not wait to get started in the pre-season. “

Haaland won two Austrian Bundesliga titles during his time with Salzburg and the DFB-Pokal in 2020-21 across his two and a half seasons at Dortmund.

The prolific striker struggled with injuries in the 2021-22 season, yet he scored 29 goals in 30 games in all tournaments for BVB, including a strike in his last game.

Twenty-one of those goals were scored via his favorite left foot, three came via his right and the other five were headers.

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