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Mahrez told me to join Man City, Haaland reveals

Erling Haaland has revealed that Riyad Mahrez told him to sign for Manchester City last year, adding that he is also looking forward to play with Phil Foden.

The Premier League champions announced on May 10 that an agreement was in place to sign Haaland from Borussia Dortmund after triggering his reported €60million (£51.2m) release clause, and Haaland has now officially put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, with the deal to go through on July 1.

The 21-year-old was pictured with Mahrez while on holiday in Greece in 2021, told City’s official website that the Algeria international had spoken to him about moving to Manchester at the time.

“He told me to come to City!” Haaland said in an interview on Monday. “He was right about that. He said some good things about the club.” The striker added.

Haaland also expressed his excitement at the prospect of linking up with another highly-rated young player in Foden.

The England international recorded 11 assists in 45 games in all competitions for City last season, while creating 63 chances overall and 18 big chances, which is an opportunity from which a goal would normally be expected.

“I have been watching a lot of City games for as long as I can remember. Of course, then I also watched Phil and he is an amazing player,” Haaland said.

“He is still a talent because he is still young, but he is an amazing player.

“He still has to develop and then we can really talk.”

Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund upon joining from Salzburg in January 2020, averaging a goal every 84 minutes across all competitions.

Abdullahi Sanni

Abdullahi Sanni is a senior news reporter at SHO PEN ONLINE. He is a passionate writer with core interest in Politics, sports and economy reports. Abdullahi who studied mass communication at Kwara state polytechnic in Ilorin, is the 1st of six in his family. He's a multimedia journalist who has traveled far and wide in the course of his journalism career.

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