Pep Guardiola has actually been quizzed on Manchester City’s reported interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, however hesitates to be made use of whether a big-money raid might be released for the Norway global this summer season.
Prolific makes use of from the 20-year-old frontman have actually seen him delight in a meteoric increase to prominence, with leading sides from throughout Europe now tipping over themselves in an effort to get to the front of a transfer line.
City would boast the monetary muscle needed to take on any person in a bidding war, and might quickly remain in the marketplace for a brand-new No.9 as Sergio Aguero’s agreement diminishes, however those at the Etihad Stadium are not ready to reveal their hand.
Guardiola informed press reporters when asked if Haaland is a gamer in his ideas: “He’s a player from Dortmund. I don’t like when people talk about our players. You understand I cannot answer this question.”
While declining to be made use of expected interest in Haaland, a gamer his City side are set to deal with in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Guardiola can see why a skilled child is producing a lot buzz.
He stated: “The numbers speak for itself. He’s one of the best strikers in the world right now at his age.
“I saw a few games, I didn’t have much time but the highlights, the numbers in the Champions League and the league are impressive.
“I know the quality of this player, everybody knows.”
Guardiola included on Dortmund as a cumulative, as he prepares his Blues side for a heavyweight European face-off with the Bundesliga giants: “In two weeks I could answer better because I didn’t see much.
“Dortmund, [Raphael] Guerreiro, [Axel] Witsel with experience, the quality of Jadon Sancho, [Gio] Reyna. There are many good players, the quality, they decide to invest in good young players paying good wages and good salaries for agents. They have a lot of quality.
“They went through against Sevilla who are one of the strongest knockout teams ever, winning three Europa Leagues in a row and then another one. Always Sevilla are so strong and they beat them.
“Dortmund is tough, so are Porto, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, all of them.
“Just to discover how they are as a team and especially try to do a good first game. After that a good second one, if we do good games we deserve to go through. If Dortmund is able to make a good two games they will go through. No more secret than that.
“Leeds are not the best team to face between the two legs, after we play the second one and try to go through. We now have two weeks to analyse and see a few games, how they are, how they do, their manager.”