Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola virtually confirmed that a transfer for Erling Haaland is on the brink of completion, but stayed quiet under orders from Borussia Dortmund given a deal for the striker is yet to be confirmed.
City are expected to announce the £64million signing of Haaland this week after the striker passed a medical in Brussels on Monday.
Guardiola will have known that the questions were coming when he faced the media on Tuesday, but he admitted that he was bound by strict orders from the two clubs.
“Everybody knows the situation, but I should not talk because I do not like to talk about the future and next season,” he said, ahead of City’s match against Wolves on Wednesday.
“At the same time I should say something, but Borussia Dortmund and City told me I’m not allowed to say anything until it’s completely done, I’m sorry.”
Asked about what input he has on transfers, he added: “I would love to talk, honestly, but I can’t. They told me [not to] for the legal actions. We will have time to talk. Not because I don’t want [to], but I can’t.”
These Guardiola’s comments were shared on Twitter by City Xtra and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters.
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) May 10, 2022
“OMG we going for quadruple next season.”
“He looked genuinely excited. One of us!”
“Yeah it’s done”
“So excited pep can’t wait”
“Look how bloody excited he is 🤩.”
“Pep can’t help himself”
“He’s so excited like we all are! ”
“The closest official confirmation we’ve had, right from the horses mouth. ”
“He’s so excited we can finally take our chances.”