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

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he is not the reason why striker Erling Haaland has abandoned Dortmund for his club.

The Norwegian will move to the Premier League in the summer after City paid £51m for the player who is expected to sign a five-year contract.

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

“Players come here not for a few months or a year. Sergio (Aguero) came and stayed for 10 years, David (Silva) and Vincent (Kompany) were the same. Many important players came and stayed with Guardiola: my presence is not a factor in Haaland’s signing for long. .

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

“There are many great players who can play here without a doubt, but what we want is a player who can come here and stay for many years and make every game as best as possible,” said Guardiola, who is nearing his end. Fourth Premier League title in five seasons.

With two games remaining, City are currently three points behind Liverpool as they aim to spoil their four-legged opponents’ chance.