Haaland pokes fun at Carragher as striker answers Man City ‘divorce’ talk with clear future aims

Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his fifth goal of the night with John Stones of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Erling Haaland was quick to make an all-too-easy jibe at Jamie Carragher after responding emphatically to doubts over his future with a blistering display for Manchester City on Tuesday night.

The City striker blasted in five goals to equal Lionel Messi’s record for the biggest haul in a single game. That took his tally to the season to an incredible 39 – making him the highest Man City goalscorer in a single season. It’s still only March!

Indeed, you can see all the striker’s incredible records in this feature, here.

That five-goal haul helped City to a thumping 7-0 win over RB Leipzig at the Etihad.

And with City wrapping up an 8-1 aggregate win to reach the quarter-finals, they will be the team to beat in the Champions League.

Bizarelly, despite Haaland’s spectacular goals spree, there are suggestions that all is not well behind the scenes. As such, Carragher recently suggested the big Norwegian may have signed for the wrong team in joining City.

And with a report suggesting Pep Guardiola did not want to sign him in the first place, claims of a summer ‘divorce’ have heated up.

There would be no shortage of takers were Haaland to ever come on to the market. And with claims of an exit clause worth £175m kicking in during summer 2024, City may face a future battle to retain his services.

Yet amid all the speculation, Guardiola has moved to insist he is more than happy to have Haaland to call on.

And the striker himself has now moved to silence those doubts on his future.

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Haaland silences doubts over Man City future 

In doing so, he could not resist a cheeky quip at Carragher. Working alongside Thierry Henry and Micah Richards for CBS Sports, Haaland was quick to poke fun.

When asked how it felt to score five goals, he was quick to poke fun at Carragher and Richards.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I think you [Thierry Henry] are the only one that maybe knows how to score a lot of goals,” Haaland said, sending the panel into hysterics.

“I’ll be honest, the feeling is amazing. First of all to win 7-0 and give a ‘statement’ in this tournament, in the Champions League, which is a tournament I love. To give a statement that we can actually score seven goals,” he added.

“It’s not easy to score seven goals so it’s an amazing feeling. In the first-half I could have scored more. It’s true. I could have had two more goals in the first-half. There was also crosses from Kevin I could have been at.”

Subbed on the hour mark, Haaland could have netted a sixth had Guardiola left him on the pitch.

However, the striker is refusing to be downhearted.

City star makes ambitions clear

And in answering doubts on his future, Haaland is adamant he is at the club to help them win the Champions League.

“There was possibilities [to score six] but if I stayed on the pitch, no-one knows what would happen. In my mind I always have to look for the next and reach more to stay hungry because if someone scores five goals you have to be happy, but you have to want more of course.

“The club want to win the Champions League, they want to win trophies. They know how to win the Premier League so they didn’t bring me to win, so you can read between the lines.

“I’m here to try to help the club develop even more, to win the Champions League.”

City will undoubtedly be among the favourites to finally win the Champions League. They will be looking to go one better than in 2021 when they were beaten finalists.

Next up is an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Burnley – another competition they are favourites to win. And they are also hot on Arsenal’s trail in the quest to win the Premier League. Might they yet match Manchester United’s famous 1999 Treble?!

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