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Erling Haaland speaks for the first time as Man City confirm signing with epic re-creation

Erling Haaland speaks for the first time as Man City confirm the signing with an epic re-creation of an old photo of him in the club’s kit.

The 21-year-old will join the Premier League champions on the 1st of July after penning a five-year deal which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2027.

The son of former City player Alfie, who signed almost 22 years ago to the day, Haaland junior is widely regarded as one of Europe’s best strikers and arrives at the Club with a formidable goalscoring reputation following impressive spells at Molde FK, Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund.

A 21-cap Norwegian international, Haaland netted 86 goals in 89 games in two-and-a-half seasons with the Black and Yellows, winning the German Cup and the Bundesliga Player of the Season award in 2020/21.

“This is a proud day for me and my family,” he told mancity.com after completing his move.

“I have always watched City and have loved doing so 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 greatest managers of all-time, so I believe I am in the right place to fulfil my ambitions.

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

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We have been monitoring Erling for several years now, so we are delighted to bring him here to Manchester City.

“He is a huge talent and has been one of the best strikers in Europe over the last few seasons. His goalscoring record is exceptional and his performances at Borussia Dortmund and in the Champions League in particular have proved he can succeed at the highest level.

“Erling has everything we want in a striker and we are certain he will excel in this squad and this system.

“His rise has been remarkable, but he is still only 21. His best years are ahead of him and we are confident he can get even better working with Pep.

“This is a very exciting signing for our club, and I am sure our fans will enjoy watching Erling perform in this team.”

Haaland shirts will be made available once his squad number is confirmed in due course.

Everyone at Manchester City welcomes Erling to the Club and wishes him the best of luck throughout his time here.

Season-by-season stats*

2017/18: Molde 

Played: 14
Goals: 2
Assists: 1

2018/19: Molde and Red Bull Salzburg

Played: 27
Molde: 25
Eliteserien goals: 12
Eliteserien assists: 4
Red Bull Salzburg: 2
Austrian Bundesliga goals: 1

2019/20: Red Buzz Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund

Played: 29
Red Bull Salzburg: 14
Austrian Bundesliga goals: 16
Austrian Bundesliga assists: 4
Borussia Dortmund: 15
German Bundesliga goals: 13
German Bundesliga assists: 2

2020/21: Borussia Dortmund

Played: 28
Goals: 27
Assists: 6

2021/22: Borussia Dortmund 

Played: 24
Goals: 22
Assists: 7

*Top-flight league games only.

Fans reacted as Erling Haaland speaks for the first time while Man City confirm signing with an epic re-creation…

@mcfc_lads: 🥹💙

@BernardoIogy: The striking viking is finally home 💙🇳🇴

@NickCosgroveUK: I didn’t want Kane. I wanted Haaland! We’ve got the younger guy, who’s not injury prone and cost 1/3 of what Kane would’ve cost. I’m a happy boy!

@huntywbafc: Some player this kid is. City with him will dominate imo. Will score for fun for them.

@robsuthers_: Even as a neutral I’m excited asf to see him play in the prem this season

@Joe_Gill_4: City (a) first game of the season, watch it happen #afcb

@Joshmcfcx: Hahahaha that’s fucking unreal fair play city

@brent_lees: 20yrs to the day since his dad signed. #Haaland 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

@JMGray80: Good to see City addressing their goal scoring issues…

@apertunity: To think. he wasn’t even born when Alfie played for us 🤯 Feeling old! #nffc

@Buggey20: Absolutely cacking my pants when we play city #lufc

@FavelaFIair: When was the last time City signed a superstar of this calibre straight off the bat? I still can’t believe he’s ours

@paulwood1987: Some fucking signing that btw

@Sabah07: Meanwhile someone is teaching Nunez the lyrics to One Kiss for his announcement

@irealkamran: Winning the PL golden boot in his debut season against the likes of Salah, Kane, Ronaldo, Son, etc would be cool.

@jack_the_twat98: Jesus lord the prem is in trouble 😂

@419simsim: Lowkey scared but Klopp has a plan for us I’m sure of it

@LiamRiches4: Sorry to say, but city have wrapped up the title for the next few seasons, and chuck a couple of CL’s in the mix aswell #MCFC #Haaland

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