That’s not H-aal! Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says they will spend MORE money this summer after their £ 51m deal for ‘best No 9 in the world’ Erling Haaland, as he revels in beating ‘every big team in the world’ to sign him
- Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has lavished praise on Erling Haaland
- He believes the club’s new signing is the best striker in world football
- Al Mubarak is delighted that City beat their rivals to Haaland’s signature
- He has assured fans that City will continue to spend money on new players
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak labeled Erling Haaland as the premier striker in world football – and promised more new signings this summer.
Haaland has agreed to join the Premier League champions from Borussia Dortmund for £ 51million, signing a five-year contract.
Al Mubarak revealed the club’s connection with the Haaland family helped City beat competition from elsewhere, including Real Madrid.
Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak thinks Erling Haaland is the best striker in the world
Haaland will be leaving Borussia Dortmund to join the Premier League champions this summer
‘We have arguably the best No 9 in the world, at the right age,’ Al Mubarak said. ‘When you look at the next 10-15 years with Haaland, we’ve invested in a striker for the future.
‘He is a very unique, incredibly talented striker that the whole world has been looking at. Every big team in the world wanted Haaland to join and we are absolutely delighted that he chose to join Manchester City.
‘I think he has a connection with the fans. Haaland made what I think is a very wise decision and I think for us, what is a super decision. We are getting what is truly a phenomenal player who can give us great memories moving forward. He will fit very nicely with this group.
‘There is a lot of history. Alfie played for the club. There is a nice historical connection with the family. Haaland, from his early days in Norway, has been on our radar for at least four or five years.
‘We’ve seen his transition from a high-potential young player to the most exciting striker in the world. His goal to minutes ratio is phenomenal. ‘
Al Mubarak has assured supporters that City will make more signings this summer
Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips is on City’s radar as a possible replacement for Fernandinho
Marc Cucurella is another player that City are interested in heading into the transfer window
City are interested in signing a central midfielder over the coming weeks following Fernandinho’s departure, with Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and Matheus Nunes at Sporting Lisbon both targets.
Brighton’s Marc Cucurella is one of those identified as a potential left back, with Oleksandr Zinchenko interesting Arsenal.
Al Mubarak added: ‘I can confirm that there will be more players coming in. We are looking to strengthen the team in the areas we need strengthening.
‘Every season some players leave and we have to refresh the team. We always look at improving and strengthening. We’ve made two very important additions already but I anticipate we will be doing a couple more. ‘
Al Mubarak will not rush manager Pep Guardiola into making a decision on his future at City
Al Mubarak also confirmed that the club are willing to wait for Pep Guardiola to dictate when the time is right to discuss his contract situation.
Guardiola is heading into a seventh campaign at the Etihad Stadium and has 12 months remaining on his current deal.
‘Pep has never stayed as long as he’s stayed (here) with any club, be it Barcelona or Bayern Munich,’ Al Mubarak said. ‘It is a partnership that has (worked) wonders in years.
‘We’re enjoying every moment of it. We’re achieving great things together and this conversation will be had at the right time, at the right pace, and with the pace, time and framework that works for Pep. ‘