Erling Haaland will join Manchester City this summer

Phil Foden reacts to Erling Haaland’s arrival amid ‘shaken’ Man City dressing room


Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland will join Manchester City this summer after the Premier League side triggered the Norwegian’s £51.2m release clause

Erling Haaland will join Manchester City this summer

Phil Foden has called Erling Haaland a ‘great addition’ to Pep Guardiola’s squad after Manchester City agreed a deal to sign the striker.

Haaland, 21, will join Premier League side Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season in a £51.2million transfer. The Norway international has been in sensational form since arriving in Germany in January 2020, scoring 85 goals in 88 club appearances.

Foden’s comments come after reports in France suggested some members of City’s squad were unhappy with Haaland’s reported £400,000 weekly salary. He is set to become the club’s highest joint-beneficiary alongside Kevin De Bruyne.

According to Foot Mercato, the news of the transfer has ‘shaken’ City’s dressing room. It is believed that some players were already annoyed by Jack Grealish’s £300,000-a-week salary, which makes him one of the highest-paid players at the club.

Grealish isn’t one of City’s main stars at the moment. He has made just 21 Premier League starts this season, scoring just twice. Some players are also believed to be annoyed by the timing of the announcement, with Guardiola’s side sill battling for the title.

City need four points against West Ham at the London Stadium and Aston Villa at the Etihad to retain their crown. Title rivals Liverpool are due to travel to St Mary’s to play Southampton on Tuesday before hosting Wolves at Anfield on the final day of the term.







Phil Foden is delighted to see Erling Haaland at the Etihad next season
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Despite the rumours, Foden told Sky Sports he was delighted with Haaland’s arrival. “Obviously he’s a great addition to the team,” Foden said. “He is one of the best finishers in world football at the moment.

“He’s going to be great for us next season and hopefully he can help us… definitely such a big signing for the club. We’ve played without a striker this year and we’ve always done really well. He’s going to be a great addition.

“We’re still trying to focus on this season because he won’t be here until the next one. The main focus is this season, hopefully he can help the next one…he’s got a lot of physicality, loves running behind I think it will definitely be good for our game.”

Several top European clubs were interested in signing Haaland before City’s deal was announced earlier this month. Many fans believed Foden played a role in persuading the striker to choose a move to the Etihad following a conversation between the two.

Haaland and Foden were seen talking after City knocked Dortmund out of the Champions League in April 2021. The Englishman has always denied trying to convince Haaland to join Guardiola’s side ahead of Manchester United and Barcelona.

“We were just talking about the fact that he missed a few chances in that game, so it was a general discussion about the game and the result,” Foden told Sky Sports when asked about the incident. May 2021. “It wasn’t anything too special, a lot of people thought it was about other things. It was just about the game in general.

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