Erling Haaland is aiming to follow Sergio Aguero into the hearts of Manchester City supporters after drawing thousands to his presentation on Sunday.
Former Borussia Dortmund striker has joined Pep Guardiola’s latest City team.
After winning the Premier League title last season while accustomed to playing with a ‘ninth lie’ striker, City will be pinning their hopes on a penalty kick boxer Haaland in a new campaign.
Erling Haaland, who turns 22 on July 21, has joined City before winning the UEFA Champions League, which is now the goal.
The youngster, who is expected to score a lot of goals at home and in Europe, said: “I’m looking forward to it. It will be great fun. I’m sure we will have a good time together.
“The anticipation for this season is to get into a new team, get to know everyone now and get in touch and have fun. When I have fun, I score goals, I win games, so it’s easy.”
There is good reason to look forward to the arrival of Haaland. The Norway international has scored 86 goals in 89 games in all competitions over two and a half years in Dortmund, with Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich (123 in 108 games) and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain (93 in 111 games) in the top five leagues. -Urope. many goals at the time.
Last season, Haaland scored 29 goals in 30 games in all categories with a single goal every 3.6 attempts, and set aside 65.8 percent of his maximum chances.
“It’s an amazing team and we have to keep getting a little better,” Haaland said of his City challenge. “There is not much I can say, I look forward to everything.”
Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, played for City and was present on Sunday to deliver a speech outside the Etihad Stadium.
“It will be good, my father played here for a few years,” said Haaland. “It’s always special when your dad does something, and you get to do the same things you did, it’s special.”
Asked about his idols as a boy, Haaland said: “Yes, Dad, but in City I have a lot of jerseys at home from Aguero, so he is, so from City he was.
“I like the strikers because I was already a striker. Aguero is a great role model.”
Argentina’s Aguero is City’s top scorer, leaving Barcelona last year after scoring 254 goals for the club over a 10-year period. He is retired.
City sacked Haaland along with striker Julian Alvarez and new goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on Sunday. They may appear for the first time on an upcoming pre-season trip to the United States.
Kalvin Phillips, who was bought from Leeds United, was expected to join the event but was reportedly absent due to illness.
Asked which team he was looking forward to facing, Haaland could not resist expressing his impatience on the day of the derby. City will play Manchester United on October 1.
“I have to say I don’t like to say names, but Manchester United, yes,” Haaland said. “I think it will be a wonderful time together.
“Let’s get rid of this pre-season quickly and efficiently and I can’t wait to start with important games, and games all the time.”