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Haaland embracing life out his ‘comfort zone’ in Premier League

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Erling Haaland has warned title contenders Manchester City that he will only improve in the competitive landscape of English football as the Norwegian prepares for his Premier League debut against West Ham on Sunday.

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Haaland is a landmark arrival to the Premier League after spending over £1bn ($1.2bn) by top 20 English clubs this summer.

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The 22-year-old has picked one of the top clubs after scoring 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund, but said City’s demands to play under Josep Guardiola were the reason for his choice.

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“As a young player playing for Pep Guardiola and playing for the best club in England, I have to keep developing and getting better at a lot of things,” Haaland told Sky Sports.

“That’s what I really like about football, you can always improve, you can always get better in the game.”

The English champions are already Haaland’s fifth club after spells at Brune, Molde and Red Bull Salzburg before joining Dortmund.

“Part of the game is getting out of your comfort zone, which is what I do and I love that because then you develop more as a person,” he added.

“I am a player who craves goals, gives 100 percent, wants to win every game. These are simple things, but at the same time very important things.”

After the hype around his arrival, Haaland had to put his debut aside as he squandered a great chance at the end of City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool at the Community Shield on Saturday.

However, he said he won’t let it affect him as he prepares for his first Premier League appearance this weekend.

“You are kind of an artist. Every week you are judged for what you do on the field and you have to show and do your best,” he said.

“For me, as a striker, that’s something I can’t focus on because if you think too much, you can end up doing something you don’t want to do.

“It’s going to be tough and that’s the beauty of the Premier League. It’s a beautiful, tough competition, which is why it’s the most popular league in the world.”

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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