As long as Erling Haaland plays for Manchester City, he will be linked with a move to Real Madrid. The rumors may be tentative but there have always been suggestions that the Norwegian leader is set to play for the Spanish giants. However, for now, and certainly for the foreseeable future, the 22-year-old is focused on one thing; and it’s not Los Blancos.
Haaland signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium after agreeing to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window, meaning that if the striker stays in Manchester for the duration of his contract, he will be a Blues player until 2027.
Having led the way with 27 goals and three assists in 24 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, the idea of Haaland playing for City for at least four-and-a-half years will naturally appeal to Blues fans. , while intimidating the opposition players, the fans. and, most likely, managers.
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Rumors are swirling that there is a clause in Haaland’s contract that allows Real Madrid to sign the player in the summer of 2024 for £175 million. Clause or no clause, Los Blancos will likely still come for the striker at some point – it seems almost a certainty. Having missed out on Kylian Mbappe last summer, they saw the Norwegian as the long-term heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Barcelona are likely to be after the player for years to come, but City hope they can keep the striker for many years to come – and possibly even longer than his current deal. Understandably, as he only joined the club a few months ago, Haaland has yet to publicly discuss his future transfer plans, but his recent comments on his Champions League hopes at City are coming as music to the ears of everyone associated with the Blues.
In an interview with GQ, conducted during the World Cup break and published this week, the 22-year-old pledged to do “everything in his power” to help the Blues win the Champions League during his time at the Etihad.
As City – who are yet to lift the Champions League trophy – have won countless domestic trophies in recent seasons, the team’s mood in Europe has been carefully scrutinized in recent years. When asked if the Blues were lacking in thought at crucial times, Haaland had a different take on the matter.
“Honestly, I don’t think so. Sometimes, like the game against Real Madrid last year, when you see the goal scored by Rodrygo – where Asensio heads the ball and misses it, and he hits Rodrygo’s leg and goes into the goal – sometimes you think I believe there is still God. there who decides these things.
“That kind of thinking, Madrid know they’ve already won? I don’t know if that’s a thing. Maybe. »
While Haaland’s take on City’s failures in Europe in recent seasons is a bit out of place now, his obsession with winning the Champions League is exactly what Blues fans need to hear. The 22-year-old wants to win every trophy possible under Guardiola, but success in the spotlight at the world’s premier competition is his ultimate dream.
“I will try to do everything in my power to win trophies here with Manchester City and try to be a game changer,” Haaland said. “My goal is to win the Champions League, I hope. »
Guardiola has previously suggested, potentially ironically, that he would be a disappointment if he failed to win the Champions League during his time at City. Without speaking on Haaland’s behalf, it’s probably safe to say that the Blues striker will feel the same way about his own career if he fails to lift the trophy.
The fact that the Norwegian star is so desperate to succeed in Europe could influence his decision to move on if the Blues don’t win the Champions League in the coming years, but for now that says it all. you must know about his intentions with the City.
He is driven by winning trophies, and with that will undoubtedly come goals. There will always be speculation over his future and whether or not he will stay at the Etihad when Madrid finally come calling. However, the Norwegian ace has already announced his plans for the future – and they are focused on success in a blue shirt.
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