Man City completes £51m Haaland transfer

-Ikenna Okafor

English champions Manchester City signed Norwegian football star Erling Haaland from Germany’s Borussia Dortmund on Monday.

“Manchester City are delighted to confirm the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

“The 21-year-old will join the Club on 1 July after penning a five-year deal which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2027,” the English club said in a statement to welcome their new player.

Manchester City also posted several photos of Haaland on Twitter, showing him wearing the club’s iconic home shirt.

“This is a proud day for me and my family,” Haaland said after completing his move to the club.

His father Alf-Inge, 49, was a former Manchester City player as well.

“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,” Haaland added.

Meanwhile Manchester City are excited to sign Haaland as Txiki Begiristain, the club’s football director, said they have been “monitoring Erling for several years,” and they are “delighted” to add him to the Man City squad.

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

“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 (Man City manager Guardiola) Pep,” Begiristain added.

Haaland played for Borussia Dortmund in 2020-2022 to win a German Cup.

He scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for the German team.

The Norwegian international won the German Bundesliga Player of the Season award in the 2020-21 campaign.

Haaland, who was born in England’s Leeds, played for Norwegian clubs Bryne and Molde, Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

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