Man City ‘set to hand Erling Haaland new contract’ despite only signing last summer
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Manchester City are hoping their star man Erling Haaland will pen a new deal less than a year after joining the club.
The Norway superstar joined City from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund last summer in a deal worth £51.5 million.
Since signing for Pep Guardiola’s side, Haaland has gone on to break scoring records left, right and centre.
To date, he has already scored an impressive 47 goals in just 40 games across all competitions for City.
According to The Athletic, when Haaland signed for the club last summer, there was a release clause of £150 million which can be activated in the summer of 2024.
However, it was reported that the clause was linked to Guardiola’s future and it was cancelled when the City boss signed a new deal in November.
Now, the club are set to offer him a new deal as a reward for his stellar first season as a City player.
Guardiola recently said that Haaland can break even more records in the future.
He said: “He can break all the records possible, that will help him.
“It’s impressive. He’s close to breaking all of them records. You can put all the statistics you like in front of me - all I can say is that I’m impressed.
“He accepted the decision [to take him off vs Leicester ]. He was excellent as always. He played 90 minutes in midweek, it was good for him to rest.”
Haaland netted twice against Leicester on Saturday, taking his league tally to 32, which equalled Mohamed Salah’s record for most goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season.
With eight games left to play, Haaland will for sure set a new high that only he can reach in future seasons.
City are in Munich as they look to see out their Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich.
Currently, they are the overwhelming favourites to reach the semi-finals after winning 3-0 in the first leg last week at the Etihad Stadium.
Can City finally win the Champions League for the first time ever? Only time will tell.