James Milner has moved to clear up doubts over whether Erling Haaland is a supporter of Manchester City or Leeds United – and even joked the £51m star once suggested he was going to one day move to Elland Road.
Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm since moving to Manchester City. The £51m fee they paid for him looks money extremely well spent, with Haaland well on course to win the Golden Boot and break all sorts of records in the process. Indeed, he already has 15 Premier League goals to his name in just 10 games.
The Norwegian powerhouse, though, could not unlock the door against a resolute Liverpool defence on Sunday. Indeed, the Reds became only the second Premier League side to prevent him from scoring this season; Bournemouth being the other.
Indeed, such has been his impact at the Etihad that speculation has already begun to swirl about just how long he will remain with City. To that end, a report has revealed when his exit clause kicks in and which teams are excluded from trying to sign him.
Wherever he ends up and however long the Premier League has of Haaland, he will certainly be enjoyed by most neutral fans.
However, one debate that has regularly raged around the striker is around which club he actually supports.
The 22-year-old hot-shot was actually born in Leeds. That was during the days when his father, Alf Inge, was playing for the Whites. His dad had moved to Leeds from Nottingham Forest; he then went on to play for Manchester City after his stint at Elland Road.
Erling Haaland is a Leeds Utd fan
As such, it has always been a badly-kept secret that Haaland supports Leeds, the city of his birth. Indeed, that claim grew a couple of seasons back when the striker made a beeline for Stuart Dallas, swapping shirts with the player after Norway played Northern Ireland in an international.
However, upon signing for City this summer, Haaland insisted he grew up supporting City. And a picture of the then eight-year-old Haaland wearing a City shirt was used as part of the marketing campaign by City’s social media team in announcing his signing this summer.
But now the striker’s true colours have been outed by another Leeds supporter in James Milner. Speaking to Viaplay after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat for City at Anfield, Milner was asked about Haaland’s Leeds United connections.
“I was sitting with Alfie Haaland [Elring Haaland’s father], he was my guest today. He said apparently Erling always when he plays against you he says ‘Leeds, Leeds, Leeds’. Can you confirm that?
“I can confirm that he said he was going to sign for Leeds a few years ago when we played against him,” Milner answered.
“He was obviously lying, so that’s disappointing [laughs].”
The reporter then asked: “Didn’t say anything about Leeds today?”
Milner then replied: “We had a little chat, yeah.”
That ends the debate
Haaland might well hide his Leeds allegiances, but Milner’s comments have surely now confirmed Haaland’s true colours.
The striker is yet to face the Whites during his career. However, he will no doubt have a keen eye on the Boxing Day fixture when City travel to Elland Road.
And all eyes will be on the powerful Norwegian to see how he will celebrate should the inevitable happen.
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Debate has also previously raged about Leeds one day signing the striker. Right now, given his wages and the level of football Leeds play at, then it’s little more than a pipedream.
But down the line, further into his career, and should Leeds manage to raise their levels, might they one day see him in a Whites shirt?
Victor Orta, was asked about the possibility of the club one day signing Haaland last year, to which the Leeds director of football responded with a chuckle.