Kevin de Bruyne welcomed new signing Erling Haaland to Manchester Metropolis with greater than an honest imitation of the prolific Norwegian striker on Wednesday.
De Bruyne discovered the online 4 instances in a 5-1 thrashing of Wolves, even imitating Haaland’s well-known meditation celebration pose after finishing his hat trick.
“I simply did it as a result of I scored three. That by no means occurs,” De Bruyne mentioned afterward.
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Haaland will transfer to the Etihad Stadium in the summertime after Metropolis agreed to set off the €60 million launch clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund.
And Pep Guardiola has backed Haaland to “adapt shortly” to his model of soccer at Manchester Metropolis, sending a warning to the remainder of the Premier League by insisting Metropolis shall be even higher with the 21-year-old up entrance.
“Huge congratulations to the membership, he’s signed for the subsequent years,” mentioned Guardiola.
“He’s a younger gifted participant, I’m more than happy he determined to return and be a part of us. Subsequent season we’re going to work collectively and hopefully he can settle.
“We’ll assist him to settle as quickly as potential by way of Manchester and a home. I’m fairly positive he’s going to adapt shortly to the best way we need to play.”
Metropolis have now scored 10 targets in two video games since their Champions League exit to Actual Madrid and sit simply 4 factors away from one other title.
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Following the victory at Molineux, Guardiola additionally had loads of reward for De Bruyne, who scored 4 instances inside an hour earlier than seeing one other effort come again off the put up.
“I’m upset for him as a result of he missed the fifth purpose, the put up,” mentioned Guardiola.
“What can I say? The second a part of the league was past excellent. He’s all the time so beneficiant and has the sense to make an help however I believe this season he additionally has the sense to be prolific and rating targets.
“He gained the sport towards Chelsea, he scored towards Madrid. He has been decisive in scoring targets — that is what the best do. I’m more than happy for him, scoring 4 targets within the decisive a part of the league is so necessary.”
Metropolis have harm issues forward of the journey to West Ham on Sunday.
Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and John Stones have already been dominated out of the ultimate two video games of the season and Guardiola noticed each Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho limp off through the second half at Wolves.