MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) – Erling Haaland joined the chants and cheers of Manchester City fans as the team’s newest signing was unveiled outside the Premier League champions’ stadium on Sunday.
A month ago, the Norwegian striker completed his transfer to City from Borussia Dortmund for €60m (later $63m) to seal his return to his native England.
Asked what he will bring to the Premier League, the 21-year-old Haaland said: “I hope a little more quality with me as a striker. I want to have fun. When I have fun, I score goals. I smile. I like to play football and I smile a lot.”
Haaland has scored 20 goals in 21 games for Norway and has a total of 86 goals in 89 games in two and a half seasons with Dortmund. Before that, he was in Molde, Norway, and then Salzburg, Austria, where he initially caught the attention of Europe’s top clubs thanks to his performances in the Champions League.
His father Alf-Inge played for City – where he was briefly captain – in the 2000-03 Premier League and Erling supported the team in his childhood, often frequenting Maine Road – the club’s former home – accompanied by his mother to watch your father plays.
When asked who his idol was, Haaland replied, “My dad, of course. But at home I have shirts (Sergio) Agüero, I must say. So, of course, from City, he.”
Haaland inherited the jersey number 9, left vacant by the team’s top scorer Aguero, who left for Barcelona last year only to be forced into retirement with a heart condition.
There is a new Argentine striker at City, Julián Álvarez, coming from River Plate, on loan to the Buenos Aires club after signing a contract with City in January.
Álvarez, 22, was also featured outside the Etihad Stadium.
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