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Erling Haaland was unable to hold back his excitement ahead of a possible debut in the Premier League this weekend against West Ham, in an interview with Sky Sports.
The striker’s move to Manchester City was perhaps the biggest transfer of the summer window, as the Premier League champions tied down one of Europe’s top strikers to a five-year contract.
After posting a sensational record of 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund between 2020-22, the 22-year-old became one of football’s most sought after talents.
Beating Real Madrid, Barcelona and other European super clubs, City secured the Norwegian's services thanks to a £51 million release clause, which the Premier League club activated early in the summer.
The Leeds-born forward cited the quality of the league and stadium atmospheres across the English top-flight as just a few of the reasons he chose to come to England.
"I think the tempo is really nice and there are so many good teams in one league,” Haaland said.
“The quality of the games, too. It's not only two, three, four, five teams here - there are so many and it's nice."
Haaland scored his first goal in City colours on his debut in a 1-0 friendly win against Bayern Munich whilst on tour in the United States.
"I grew up in Norway and it's the Premier League no matter what," the young attacker added. "Everybody watches the Premier League and has a club, so it's the Premier League all the time.
"I'm looking forward to feeling the atmosphere and the rivalry of us against them, fans against each other.
"I've been to a lot of games in England and this is something I've always liked a lot; also the feel of the game, the tempo."
The boyhood Manchester City fan is expected to get his first taste of the Premier League when Pep Guardiola's men begin their title defence against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
"It's going to be tough and this is the charming thing about the Premier League. It's a beautiful, hard competition that's why it's the most popular league in the world," Haaland said.
After a disappointing outing in City's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Community Shield last weekend, the Norwegian will be hoping to open his Premier League account on his top-flight debut.
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