Erling Haaland was ambushed on holiday in bid to convince him to join Man City

Erling Haaland has joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund almost a year to the day after being ambushed on holiday by 'agent' Riyad Mahrez – and the striker has admitted that he was told lots of good things about the club.

Haaland was told to join City by Mahrez during a chance meeting on holiday in Mykonos last year – now telling his new supporters that the Algeria international was "so right".

The 21-year-old forward joins reigning Premier League champions City having scored 86 goals across 89 fixtures in Germany having cost them only £64million thanks to a bargain release clause.

The in-form Norway international has now been pictured in City blue for the first time since he was a child, and was immediately asked about his meeting with Mahrez.

Speaking to the club, he said: "Yes, he told me to come to City, so he was right about that. He talks, he said some good things about the club."

Haaland has been linked to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea among others at the time of his meeting with Mahrez, but his connection to the blue side of Manchester was a vital factor in his plans.

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He adds: "First of all, my father a little bit. I was born in England, I've been a City fan my whole life, I know a lot about the club.

"I think in the end, two things; I feel at home a bit here. Also I think I can develop and get the best out of my game at City."

City have won four of the past five Premier League seasons under the guidance of Pep Guardiola – with Haaland feeling excited about their upcoming partnership.

He says: "Yes, as I say, I think I can develop a lot under Pep (Guardiola) and at this club. I think I can get better on a lot of things, and hopefully I can score a lot of goals.

"Yes, I've spoken a little bit with him and we both look forward to working together. I think it's a mix between a lot of things.

"I think first of all, it's my joy to play football, to try to enjoy every single moment and when I enjoy, I win football games and I score goals. So, I always want to have fun and I think it's a good mix between a lot of things."

Haaland, who played at the Etihad with Borussia Dortmund during the knockout stages of the Champions League last season, looked in awe during his first steps onto the playing surface.

The former Red Bull Salzburg hitman also seemed to enjoy a brief battle against Phil Foden, whom he is very excited to line up alongside.

He adds: "He's an amazing player, still talented because he's still young. He's an amazing player, he still has to develop and then we can really talk."

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