Pep: Haaland will help us score more

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City announced they had agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign Haaland on Tuesday. The Premier League champions will pay the striker’s £51.1m release clause and he will arrive at the Etihad on July 1, subject to terms being finalised.

The news has been met by excitement within the City fanbase with Norwegian flags spotted in the away end at Wolves – and after scoring his third goal of the night, De Bruyne himself performed the meditation celebration with his arms – something Haaland has made his own at Borussia Dortmund.

Adding a player of such finishing ability will only help City add further goals to their already bulky tally, according to Guardiola, who was speaking for the first time since City announced the deal.

Definitely, he can help us score more. It is not about that. In the end it is about winning games.

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He added: “I never thought that our defensive situation depends on the central defender and I never thought that the goals we score depend on the striker. He has scored a lot of goals in his career and we are going to try to help him through the game, having more chances to score goals.

“We are never going to give him the responsibility to score goals. We have to win games and if we are going to win games we need everyone doing it the best way, arriving as much as possible. After, of course, if we arrive there, with the quality that we believe he has, we can do it.

“I respond because I have to do it and I am a polite man but this is next season. Now we have to work a lot this season. It is not done. We still have a job to do. We saw yesterday how tough Aston Villa will be and, of course, West Ham. So, I still have a job to do.”

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