Pep Guardiola says he was impressed by Erling Haaland's demeanour off the pitch the moment the striker arrived at Manchester City.

Haaland moved to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2022 and has since broken numerous records for his goalscoring, finding the net 80 times in 80 starts.

The Norwegian was pivotal in last season’s Treble and is widely considered one of the best players in the world, coming second in the most recent Ballon d’Or vote.


While his talent on the pitch is clear for all to see, Guardiola says the way he integrated with his team-mates has been just as important.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie with FC Copenhagen, the boss highlighted the speed with which Haaland built relationships with his team-mates.

“So quick,” said Guardiola when asked how the striker slotted in after signing.

“That is what impressed me most since the first pre-season. It was so quick. 

“The guys embrace really quick the new ones but the new ones have to do the step.

“He was always smiling and it impressed me the most off the pitch, his character. Lovely character.

“I met some of the biggest, biggest stars and I see how humble they are. I don’t know why, the biggest ones understand better. That’s why maybe they are the biggest stars, for that reason.”

Watch the manager’s press conference above...

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