Man City Chairman Promises More Signing After Haaland Signing

According to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Manchester City will add “a couple more” players to Pep Guardiola’s team this summer.

Despite winning their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, City have paid £51.2 million for Erling Haaland, a 21-year-old striker from Borussia Dortmund.

They’ve also paid £14.1 million on 22-year-old Argentina forward Julian Alvarez.

But Mubarak, speaking to City’s website, said:

“We are looking to strengthen areas we need to strengthen.

“Every season some players leave and we have to refresh.

“We will be doing a couple more. We will try to go as fast as we can but it is not always entirely in our control.”

Following the departure of club captain Fernandinho, it is understood that City are interested in Leeds’ England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Any transfer for the 26-year-old, though, will be more difficult now that Leeds has retained its Premier League status.

Guardiola has also expressed a desire to add another left-back to his squad, with Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, 23, said to be high on his want list.

Despite their domestic success, City has yet to win the Champions League, and Mubarak has emphasised the club’s desire to contend for major honours rather than a stated goal of winning any specific competition.

“We approach every season to try to win every competition,” he added.

“That has been the case for the last 10 years.

“You cannot argue in the last six years under Pep, we show up every game with the full intention to try to win.”

Guardiola’s contract has one more season left on it, and the 51-year-old has made no promises about what will happen beyond that.

Mubarak did not give a straight answer to the question in his interview, despite the fact that he was asked about it.

“Pep has never stayed as long at any club than he has at Manchester City,” he said.

“It is a partnership that has done wonders. Next year will be another exciting chapter. The conversation will be at the right time and pace and within a framework that works for Pep.”

Mubarak believes City’s 3-2 comeback victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the season, which won the title by a point, was one of the more obvious outstanding moments from a season in which City contended with Liverpool for all of the main awards once again.

He doesn’t expect things to change anytime soon.

“Liverpool are a team we give highest respect towards,” he said.

“As with any rivalry, like the one we have had with Liverpool, we have made each other better.

“We are the benchmark for global football.”

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