Barcelona boss Xavi aims dig at Haaland for only joining Man City for 'financial reasons'

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“I will not disrespect other projects,” he said. “We don’t have the only valid project. There are many other successful ones, including City. They have titles and great results and they are great competitors. However, in the end, if the move happens, it would be primarily for financial reasons. I have no doubt about that.”

As well as financial factors, Haaland has a personal reason for choosing City, having grown up in England while his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, played for Leeds and Manchester City. His dad turned out for City between 2000 and 2003 before moving back to Norway, but Haaland has been pictured in City shirts before and is said to be a fan of the club.

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