Erling Haaland was one of the biggest centre-forwards in Europe when he agreed to join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund last month… and now he’s even bigger!
The Norwegian, 21, was shocked to discover he has grown in height since his last medical. His previous recorded height was 1.95metres (six foot, five inches), yet that information has been updated following his move to the Premier League champions.
Haaland was finally confirmed as a City player on Monday morning, penning a five-year deal at the Etihad. Several top European sides were interested in the prolific forward – including Barcelona and Real Madrid – but he chose to join Pep Guardiola’s side instead.
Haaland’s height was registered as 1.952 metres during his medical, which he passed. “Oh wow, I’ve grown… almost one centimetre,” said the player when measured by City’s medical team. The video clip of him being measured has since gone viral on TikTok.
The former Dortmund star joined City exactly 21 years after his dad, Alf-Inge, signed from Leeds. The ex-defender made 47 appearances for the Manchester club during a three-year spell and was part of their squad that won promotion to the Premier League in 2001-02.
City have remained in the top flight since then and have become one of the world’s richest clubs following their takeover by Sheikh Mansour in September 2008. They’ve gone on to win six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, six EFL Cups and three Community Shields.
City’s relatively new standing in the game has helped them attract players of Haaland’s calibre. The youngster scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Dortmund and found the back of the net 29 times in 27 games for Red Bull Salzburg between 2018 and 2020.
“I was born in England, I’ve been a City fan my whole life,” said Haaland during his unveiling. “I know a lot about the club. I think in the end, two things; I feel at home a bit here. Also I think I can develop and get the best out of my game at City.”
Haaland also discussed the impact of his dad on his decision. “He lived in England, he played for the club,” Haaland junior said of Alf-Inge. “Of course, a lot of things have changed in the last 20 years but he lived here, so he knows what it is.
UEFA Super Cup final: Ancelotti names strong squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt [Full list]
Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong squad that includes the likes of Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final.
Ancelotti released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday.
Ancelotti’s side won the Champions League last season, while Frankfurt won the Europa League.
The UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Frankfurt will take place at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium and the kick-off time is 8 pm.
Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Frankfurt:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rüdiger, F. Mendy.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Tchouameni, D. Ceballos, Camavinga.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Mariano.
Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival
Isco has joined Sevilla as a free agent, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.
The midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Real Madrid expired in June.
Isco has now put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Sevilla.
He becomes the LaLiga side’s third summer signing after Brazilian defender, Marcao came from Galatasaray and Brazil left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.
Isco will be reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.
The 30-year-old made 17 appearances for Real last season, only starting three matches.
Sevilla finished fourth in LaLiga last season and will play in the Champions League this campaign.
Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.
Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.
The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.
In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”
But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.
“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.
“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.
“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.
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