Manchester City Manager Shrugs Off Speculation, Urges Interested Clubs to Make Their Move
In a bold response to recent reports suggesting Erling Haaland’s discontent at Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola has thrown down the gauntlet to Real Madrid, challenging them to make a concrete offer for the prolific striker if their interest is genuine.
Last week, Spanish media circulated rumors that the Norwegian striker was unhappy with life in Manchester and was considering a departure from the club. Speculation mounted, linking Haaland with a potential move to the Bernabeu Stadium.
Guardiola, no stranger to such tactics, remains confident that attempts to unsettle the 23-year-old will prove futile. In a press conference, the City boss dismissed the rumors, stating that any interested club should approach Manchester City directly.
Guardiola asserted, “For one report, for one journalist or one Twitter account, one Instagram account, do you think they are going to change something that is going to happen? It’s not going to happen.”
He continued, “It’s going to happen when Erling decides to extend the contract or not, when the club decides to extend a contract or not, or when we have potential offers to him or not. If someone wants Erling, it’s easy. Call Man City and ask. It’s what we do when we want to sign someone. It’s not more complicated than that.”
Guardiola, expressing his desire for Haaland to stay at the Etihad Stadium for a long time, emphasized the club’s admiration for the striker, who scored an impressive 52 goals in his first season and added 19 more before a recent foot injury sidelined him.
While Guardiola affirmed the club’s intent to keep Haaland, he admitted uncertainty about the future. “What happens in the future? Honestly, I don’t know. We are happy to have him, hopefully, he’s happy to be with us. That is what we know. And the rest? I don’t know.”
The manager acknowledged that being linked with top clubs is a testament to the team’s success and the player’s individual achievements. He concluded, “As long as the players are focused on what they have to do, the rest is not important.” Guardiola maintains his focus on the current season, disregarding transfer rumors and emphasizing the importance of player concentration on their performances.
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