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"People go to the toilet, clean the teeth" - Pep Guardiola reacts to bizarre Erling Haaland stories in the British press

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"People go to the toilet, clean the teeth" - Pep Guardiola reacts to bizarre Erling Haaland stories in the British press

Moving to England was a big decision for Erling Haaland.

After successful stints in Norway, Austria and Germany, the 22-year-old striker felt it was time to join Manchester City and begin a journey with the club he has supported since a small child.

Ever since his move to the Etihad Stadium, more and more photos have emerged of a young Haaland sporting multiple iconic City jerseys from down the years.

Of course his father - Alfie Haaland - played for City for three seasons and built up quite the rapport with the supporter base - even to this day.

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So, after some brief negotiations, it was clear City was the right move for his son, who has transformed into one of the most clinical strikers in Europe.

Manchester City forward Erling Haaland after a club friendly between Manchester City and Club America on July 20, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
Manchester City forward Erling Haaland after a club friendly between Manchester City and Club America on July 20, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Operating at almost a goal per game at Borussia Dortmund, the Norway international also attracted attention from the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

One thing he may not have been totally ready for, however, is the British press - and how persistent they can be.

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From day one, there was a 'big' back page story in the national newspaper about Haaland's trip to M&S and what was in such a prolific athlete's trolley.

On his next trip, the striker teased the papers and informed his followers on Twitter that he had, indeed, been back to M&S to buy some Percy Pigs.

Manager Pep Guardiola is no stranger to bizarre stories and shared some amusing comments to BBC Sounds recently about Haaland's recent adventures.

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"People sometimes quite surprise me for the fact that, 'Oh, Erling Haaland goes to the supermarket?!' What's the problem?," the Catalan said.

"People go to the supermarket. He can go to the supermarket, go to the cinemas, go to the theatres, or go to restaurants..."

He continued to share some more thoughts: "Yes, we're more on TV, but people go to the toilet, clean the teeth. We do these kind of things.

Haaland and Alvarez in Community Shield action (REUTERS / Alamy)
Haaland and Alvarez in Community Shield action (REUTERS / Alamy)
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"Even if people don't expect it, we do it. And Erling Haaland is not an exception to that."

Moving on to discuss his own personal life in the City of Manchester, Guardiola has reinforced how comfortable and happy he feels.

"From day one, I felt comfortable. Being comfortable means many, many things. But this is the reality.

"I love this dark side of Manchester, the underground places, the bars, typical restaurants. The people, from day one, were so kind..."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola, Premier League

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