Erling Haaland has acknowledged that his ambition to advance and develop as a player was one of the driving forces behind his decision to sign with Manchester City.
The City stopped their search for a new striker with the £51 million acquisition of Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer. With three goals in his first three Premier League games. Including a brace on his debut, the 22-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to life at the Etihad Stadium.
In most people’s minds, Real Madrid was the most likely candidate to sign the striker. But City worked hard to beat them to his signature. Haaland ultimately decided on City because it was too good to pass up the chance to work with Pep Guardiola and some of the top players in the world.
In an interview with FourFourTwo. He discussed his career goals for City and used Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as an illustration.
According to Haaland, I don’t know what will happen, but learning and growth must always be priorities. “You should always be on the lookout for fresh opportunities to improve. Take a look at Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. The fact that he has suddenly improved as a player over the past few years at 34 is unbelievably impressive. I wish to act that way always.”
Some City supporters might feel a little uneasy about Haaland mentioning Benzema.
Fans can be confident that Haaland is committed to the task at hand. Which includes scoring goals, helping City win games and trophies, and progressing and becoming the best striker he can be.