Erling Haaland: I already feel at home at Manchester City... I’d pictured myself playing for them last season

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 Erling Haaland signs for Manchester City (Manchester City)
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Erling Haaland says he already feels “a bit at home” at Manchester City and admits he has imagined himself leading the line for Pep Guadriola’s side when watching them this season.

Haaland’s £51million move from Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad was finally made official on Monday morning, following the last of Norway’s Nations League matches on Sunday night.

The 21-year-old follows in the footsteps of his father, Alf-Inge, who signed for City in 2000.

City beat off competition from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid and Chelsea, to sign arguably the continent’s premier young talent and when asked why he had chosen to head to Manchester, Haaland said: “First of all, my father a little bit. I was born in England, I’ve been a City fan my whole life, I know a lot about the club.

“I feel a bit at home here and also I think I can develop and get the best out of my game at City.”

City have been searching for a striker since the latter part of Sergio Aguero’s career and failed with a move to sign Harry Kane when the Argentine left the club last summer.

The lack of a standout centre-forward did not stop Guardiola’s men lifting a fourth Premier League title in five seasons, but it is hoped that Haaland’s arrival may finally help them over the line in terms of Champions League glory.

When asked whether he had pictured himself in City’s team while watching them in action, Haaland told the club website: “Yes, I have and it’s going to be good.

“I like the stye, I like the attacking football, I like the kind of positive vibe we have when City play football. I think it’s a really good fit.”

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