Norwegian Alf Inge Haaland, father of Manchester City striker Erling, has revealed the real reason his son didn’t move to Real Madrid during the last summer transfers.
Erling Haaland, 22, joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund during the last summer transfer window before the start of the current season, amid interest from several major European clubs, including Real Madrid.
Halland’s father has revealed that French striker Kylian Mbappe played a role in selecting the young Norwegian star for City at Real Madrid’s expense.
In an interview during a new documentary about the player called Haaland: The Choice, a journalist asked Alf-Inge Haaland: “How can you say no to a club like Real Madrid?”
“Good question,” Haaland replied, and after a moment’s silence continued, “You really can’t.”
He added: “We had some criteria in mind, who needs a No. 9 player? Manchester City had a 10 out of 10 chance.”
And he concluded: “Real Madrid were 5 out of 10 or 6 out of 10 in the presence of Karim Benzema and we also thought if they would sign Kylian Mbappe?”
Kylian Mbappe agreed with Real Madrid to move to the Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer after the end of last season, but opted to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.