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Why Erling Haaland chose Man City over Real Madrid?

Erling Haaland at Manchester City
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The Norwegian striker has found a brilliant start to life at Etihad.

Erling Haaland decided to join Manchester City because of their need for a new striker, according to his father Alf-Inge.

Following a fantastic spell at Borussia Dortmund, Haaland joined the Citizens to start a new chapter in his career.

The Norway international has integrated perfectly into City’s squad, scoring ten goals in his six Premier League appearances.

“You can’t really [say no to Real Madrid],” Alf-Inge said on the Viaplay documentary Haaland: The Choice.

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“We have a criterion in mind, who needs a ‘9’? 

“Manchester City is a 10, it is the perfect option, while Real Madrid is a 5 or a 6 because of how Benzema is playing now.

“Will they manage to sign Mbappe?”

Real Madrid missed out on the races for both Kylian Mbappe and Haaland. The Blancos, however, have seen Karim Benzema maintaining his brilliant form, starting the season with four goals in five matches.

Back in June, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez explained the decision to withdraw from the Haaland race.

He said: “We have the best nine in the world and we weren’t going to bring in Haaland to have him on the bench, right?”

Haaland will play his first European game for City when they take on Sevilla on Tuesday.