The Citizen announced the signing of Erling Halaand from Dortmund this week after paying Borussia Dortmund’s £63million release clause and agreeing on personal terms with the player.
Erling Haaland has scored 28 goals in 29 appearances this season despite struggling with injuries.
Manchester City had beaten European Elite Clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint Germain to the signature of 21 years old Norwegian striker.
What did Foden say?
The English international was the latest Manchester City player to comment on the signing of Erling Haaland.
He said:‘Obviously it’s a great addition to the team, he’s one of the best finishers in world football at the moment,’ the 21-year-old attacking midfielder told Sky Sports.
‘I actually played against him for England against Norway in the youth team and that was the first time I came in contact with him.
‘It’s going to be great for us next season and hopefully, he can help us.
‘It’s such a big signing for the club. We’ve been playing without a striker this year and we’ve still done very well but we’re still trying to focus on this season.’
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte was the first to welcome the striker to the Club.
Norwegian to the Etihad, tweeting: ‘Happy not to be running after this guy for the next couple of years! Welcome, Erling!’
Meanwhile, Barcelona Legend Rivaldo has questioned the timing of Erling Haaland’s announcement.
According to Rivaldo, Manchester City is using the signing of Erling Halaand to cover their elimination from the Champions League by Real Madrid by claiming Manchester City wants to deflect pressure.
Speaking with Betfair he said: “I reckon the club will have moved ahead on the announcement as a strategy to ‘stifle’ some of the criticism following their unexpected Champions League elimination. Of course, the quality of the Norwegian striker is in no way in question, and he will certainly be a great signing for the club. “However, I also see this as a way to quieten the criticism from the club’s press and fans.
He added: “With the arrival of another big world star, the pressure on Pep Guardiola to finally win the Champions League will be even bigger, after all, he has been getting almost all the players he has been asking for since he arrived at the club. On the other hand, the team will be even stronger because it should keep its base that already brings a lot of integration and now will include a fantastic scorer that can translate the good football of the team into many goals.”
“He arrives with some Champions League experience, plenty of Bundesliga goals, and a great desire to fight for major titles so he and City could be a very successful partnership in the coming years.
“His speed, finishing, and strong shooting will combine very well with English football and I imagine that he will be one of the top scorers in the country for many years, and consequently competing strongly for the Ballon d’Or because he will also fight for the Champions League, Premier League, etc.”