Erling Haaland Dismisses Claims He’s Unhappy at Manchester City Amid Real Madrid Links

Erling Haaland Dismisses Claims He’s Unhappy at Manchester City Amid Real Madrid Links

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 5, 2024 at 2:05 PM
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  • Erling Haaland has dismissed reports he’s unhappy in Manchester
  • The striker is linked with a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid
  • His investments in properties in Spain fuelled the speculations

Erling Haaland’s recent comments have quashed reports that he is unhappy in Manchester and would consider moving to Spain two years after joining City next summer.

Haaland joined City from Borussia Dortmund in 2022 and made an instant impact, helping the club win their first UEFA Champions League as part of a historic treble.

Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Burnley, Etihad Stadium, Premier League.
Erling Haaland returned to action for Manchester City against Burnley after over a month out with a foot injury. Photo by David Howarth.
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He picked up multiple individual awards, including the PFA Player of the Year, while being the top scorer in the Premier League with 36 goals, a record for most in a season.

His second season started on a solid note but has been hampered by injuries picked up against Aston Villa in December. He returned to full fitness last week.

Haaland quashes ‘unhappy’ rumours

Per Diario AS, Haaland has grown frustrated with life in Manchester and wants a move away, particularly after losing the 2023 Best FIFA Award to Lionel Messi.

It was reported that he believes the move to the European giants will put him in a better position for top awards, but his recent interview on Man City podcast has dispelled such claims.

“I’m a football guy. It’s easy for my family to come over from Norway, right over the sea, really close. I like the vibes, the positivity from the fans when I meet them—the banter. The English people in general,” he said.
“I love to joke like them — we’re similar in Norway, we like the banter. People see us on the streets, Manchester United fans, we joke with each other. People leave me alone, to a certain degree. I like it. If I’m in the shop, I can joke with people, it’s nice.”

The 23-year-old was born in England when his father, Alfie, played at Leeds United, and it is no surprise that he identifies with the English culture.

His investments in properties in Marbella, Spain, have fuelled speculation he wants to move to Spain amid claims Madrid has a £86 million release clause on him.

Bellingham wants Haaland in Madrid

Sports Brief reported on Jude Bellingham wanting Haaland at Madrid as he eyes a reunion with his former Borussia Dortmund teammate in Spain.

The Norwegian’s future continues to generate speculations, and the Spanish club having a former mate tap him up could be an advantage if they decide to move for him.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.