“Spansk sneaker? No, it’s Norwegian. But the question had to be put to Erling Braut Haaland: if he could speak Spanish.
The English-language section of the French newspaper l’Équipe has launched a forensic investigation into the possible reasons why Manchester City’s irresistible Norwegian striker took Spanish lessons in England. It was a mystery worth invoking by Jo Nesbo.
“AS has learned that the Real Madrid target is taking Spanish lessons. Man City say it is to facilitate their working relationship with Pep Guardiola,” the newspaper article opened, covering the likely reasons behind his news. classes.” Diario AS have learned that Real Madrid-linked Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland, who vacationed in Marbella this summer and is a fan of Spain, is taking Spanish lessons.
While links with Real Madrid are the subject of speculation, Man City seemed to struggle to stress that it was a matter of smoothing their internal communication at the club.
“Several Spanish-speaking coaches, players (are) at Man City. At City, the argument is that he is learning the language to facilitate his working relationship with head coach Pep Guardiola, who leads an all-Spanish speaking backroom team. City also have a number of Spanish-speaking or Spanish-speaking players: Stefano Ortega, Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Gómez, Rodri, Julián Álvarez Rubén Dias, João Cancelo and Bernardo Silva. The Etihad Stadium dressing room is a small ‘Spanish company’, so it’s no surprise that Haaland is one of the players receiving español lessons,” the team said.
There was a twist to the story: “However, what makes him an outstanding student is that, according to those who know the Norway international, he started lessons before joining City.”
The AS newspaper of The team would explain in more detail: “Haaland deserves praise for his humility
It helped Haaland integrate seamlessly into the City squad, scoring 23 goals in his first 17 games for the Premier League champions. Beyond his goalscoring record, what has caught the most attention within the club is his humility.
“He’s very down to earth – and that’s the most important thing in a person,” City assistant Enzo Maresca told AS. “Especially in a 20-year-old boy who is arguably the best striker in the world right now. He is very humble and works very hard.
All of this brewed in the broth of speculation as Haaland recovered from an ankle injury – “a bit of a damaged ligament”. AS say Guardiola has not offered a clear timetable for Haaland’s recovery – ‘one week, ten days, anything can happen’ – so the player is doubtful for City’s final two games before the seven-week break. world Cup. Norway not having qualified for the tournament, “it’s a period that will allow the striker to rest. Whether or not he will join City’s hot-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Spanish lessons continue.