Later News May 11

Klopp hails incoming Manchester City star Haaland as ‘a really good player’

Harry Kane’s dream of joining Manchester City and winning trophies looks to be officially dead in the water, after the Citizens confirmed that they had triggered the £51 million (S$87m) release clause of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland.


While the official line is that Haaland has yet to agree personal terms with City, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the 21-year-old has already decided to join up with Pep Guardiola’s side.


WATCH: Leeds boss Jesse Marsch believes Haaland will succeed at City


Haaland’s low release clause, along with his knack for scoring goals, made him one of the most coveted transfer targets in the world, with the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea reportedly interested in signing the former Red Bull Salzburg star. Rather hilariously, Manchester United also allegedly threw their hat in the ring for Haaland’s signature, in the mistaken belief that he would not mind playing with the likes of Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay.


With an impressive 36 goals in 34 appearances for both club and country this season, Haaland is expected to be the final piece of the jigsaw for Guardiola in his quest to win a non-Lionel Messi tainted Champions League medal.


Haaland’s arrival at City (for approximately £4m less than it cost United to buy Fred) spells bad news for their title rivals Liverpool, who have evidently been tasked by the Gods of football to ensure that Guardiola never enjoys a day of peace for as long as he manages in the English Premier League (EPL).


But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admits that Haaland could be a game-changing signing for City.


WATCH: Klopp gives his take on City's signing of Haaland


Said Klopp: “Good player, good player. City was never and will never be a team who wins games because of one player. They have a specific way to play.


“Erling will realise all of a sudden he will score a lot of goals on the second post where he just puts a foot on it. He will love that. He will have other situations. He's a real beast. He was injured a couple of times at Dortmund but when he's fit, he's a real beast. Unfortunately, a really good signing.”


Having been burnt by the purchase of Jack Grealish from Wish (instead of Amazon) last summer, Guardiola was keen to play down the idea that a marquee signing like Haaland will transform them into a Champions League winning side.


WATCH: Guardiola answers questions about Haaland


“The new players always help to try to be a stronger team but a good defender will not solve our defensive problems, one striker will not solve scoring problems that maybe we have,” said Guardiola. 


“Not me, the club has to have a vision for the future. I am always completely aware and supportive 100%.”


City, who are neck-and-neck with Liverpool for the EPL title this season, will next take on Wolves at the Molineux Stadium on Thursday morning (SGT).




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