Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has admitted it will be a ‘big challenge’ adapting to the Premier League and his new club after his summer move from Borussia Dortmund.
City won the race for Haaland’s signature in May, securing a €60m deal for a striker who has scored 135 goals in 137 appearances for club and country since the start of the 2019/20 season.
The 21-year-old has already played in his native Norway, as well as Austria and Germany, and is now preparing himself to make a similar impact in the fourth different country of his career.
“It’s a big challenge,” Haaland said, via ManCity.com. “It’s a new country, new league, new coach… new everything. I know how it is to come to a new club, I have done it a couple of times before.”
Haaland has been confirmed as City’s new number nine following the recent departure of Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, with manager Pep Guardiola having gone without a proper central striker since an ageing Sergio Aguero left the club in 2021.
Haaland has faith in his ability and is ready to get settled in for the long-term in Manchester.
“It was a big step going to Molde, Salzburg, Dortmund and now City,” he said. “I have been thinking through a lot of things every time. I have signed a five-year deal, so we have to start there.
“We have been doing every step perfectly. I have a good small team around me. Really good friends from my hometown. They push me when they should push me and stop me when they should stop me. I have a really good team around me.”