Guardiola: My presence wasn't a factor in Haaland signing
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Guardiola: My presence wasn't a factor in Haaland signing

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he isn't the reason why striker Erling Haaland ditched Dortmund for his club.

The Norwegian will be moving to the Premier League in the summer after City paid a sum of£51million for the player who is expected to sign a five-year deal.

“The players don't come for me. They come to play in this league for this club. The economic issue is so important, but they can visualize the way we play, the team we are, the city, the league, the Champions League. Many things are involved.

“Players come here not for a few months or one year. Sergio (Aguero) came and stayed 10 years, David (Silva) and Vincent (Kompany) the same. Many important players came and stayed for Guardiola: My presence isn't a factor in Haaland signing long time.

“How long depends on how happy they are. What are we going to do? Make them feel absolutely happy in terms of the city, the locker room, and many things.

“There are many top incredible players that could play here without a doubt, but what we want is a player who can come here and stay for many years and perform every single game as best as possible," said Guardiola, who is closing in on a fourth Premier League title in five seasons.

With two games remaining, City are currently three points off Liverpool as they aim to spoil their opponents' quadruple chance.

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