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  • Erling. Welcome to Manchester City.

  • This feels like a very significant moment in your career, given your age and stage.

  • And I'm sure you had plenty of options from other very, very good clubs.

  • So why Manchester City?

  • First of all, my father, a little bit.

  • And I was born in England.

  • I've been a City fan my whole life.

  • I know a lot about the club.

  • And I think in the end, two things.

  • I feel a bit home here, and

  • also I think I can develop

  • and get the best out of my game and City.

  • So you've probably watched plenty of our games

  • this season and in previous seasons.

  • What do you think of our style of play and do you think we're a good fit for you?

  • Yeah, of course.

  • If not, I wouldn't come here.

  • So, yeah, it's.

  • I like the style.

  • I like the attacking football.

  • I like the,

  • the kind of positive vibe we have

  • when City play football.

  • This is what I like a lot.

  • Yeah, I think it's a really good fit.

  • When you've been watching our games this season, have you been

  • imagining yourself in the team and in certain positions?

  • Yes, I have done that!

  • It's going to be good.

  • We think Pep is the world's best coach.

  • Your goal record suggests that you're the world's best young striker.

  • Does that feel like a perfect match?

  • You and the manager?

  • Yeah, as I said, I think I can develop a lot under Pep.

  • And in this club. So.

  • So I think I can

  • get better on

  • a lot of things and hopefully I can score a lot of goals.

  • Have you managed to speak to Pep yet and what's he said to you?

  • What is he looking for from you?

  • Yeah, I've spoken a little bit with him, and we both look forward to

  • to work together.

  • You've got this remarkable goal scoring record.

  • You've scored 135 goals in 183 professional matches.

  • Youngest player ever to hit 50 Bundesliga goals.

  • What do you put that down to?

  • Is it mentality, positional strength, physicality?

  • What is it?

  • Yeah, I think it's a good mix between a lot of things.

  • I think

  • first of all, it's

  • my joy to play football, to try to enjoy every single moment

  • and when I enjoy it, I win football games and I score goals.

  • So, yeah, I always want to have fun,

  • and yeah, I think it's a good mix

  • between a lot of things.

  • You seem to like the big stage as well

  • because your Champions League record is also phenomenal.

  • You reached 20 goals in that competition in just 14 games, which is a record.

  • Why is that?

  • What is it about that competition and those big nights that make you come alive?

  • Yeah, I always liked the Champions League.

  • So, that's a bit why.

  • It's a bit more special in my eyes.

  • And,

  • yeah, I, I like it.

  • Is it true that the Champions League anthem was your ringtone for a while?

  • Yeah, it still is!

  • So you've been to the Etihad of course, before you played with

  • Dortmund in 2021, and there was a video of you and Jude Bellingham walking

  • out onto the pitch, and you just turned to Jude and said, it’s beautiful.

  • I mean, what was your experience of playing at the Etihad like?

  • Yeah, first of all, I've been there a couple of times before,

  • watching games, and, yeah, I like it.

  • It's beautiful. I like the colour.

  • And also I played there, big, huge stadium,

  • and I'm looking forward to play there.

  • We saw after that game as well, you were talking to Phil Foden.

  • Again, Phil is a player that we, you know, we rate very highly.

  • We think he could possibly, go on to be the club's greatest ever player.

  • I mean, have you watched much of him?

  • And what's your assessment of him as a footballer?

  • Yeah,

  • as I said, I've been

  • watching a lot of the City games for the last...as long as I can remember.

  • So of course, then I also watched Phil and he’s amazing amazing player so talented

  • because he's still young, but he's an amazing player.

  • And he still has to develop.

  • And then he can

  • then we can really talk.

  • What about Riyad Mahrez?

  • Because I believe you bumped into him last summer.

  • Did he say some good things about City?

  • Yeah, he told me to come to City,

  • so he was right about that.

  • He talks, he said some good things about the club.

  • And your dad, of course, captained City at the turn of the millennium.

  • You mentioned briefly before, but what kind of role has he played

  • in selling the club

  • to you and helping you make this decision?

  • Yeah, of course.

  • He lived in England.

  • He played for the club.

  • Of course, a lot of things has changed in the last 20 years.

  • But, yeah, he lived here, so he knows, he knows what it is.

  • And we've just been speaking about

  • basically how it is.

  • What's the best for me?

  • What's this?

  • What's that? And to try to find out everything.

  • And he's been a good, he's been a good dad in that thing there.

  • Did he ever take you to Maine Road?

  • You were probably too young to remember it, but, do you know if he ever took you?

  • Yeah, I’ve been to, I've been to a lot of games, I don't remember, but I was on

  • a lot of games with my, with my mum, sister and brother watching for my father.

  • You obviously have outstanding ability but you're also a very hard worker.

  • Gunnar Halle, the former Leeds United and Norway youth coach.

  • He said you are somebody who will practice, practice, practice.

  • Do you ever get annoyed when you see other players maybe who are talented

  • but don't put the work in that you do to try and reach the top?

  • I don't get annoyed, but I,

  • I remember when I was young,

  • there was a lot of good players around me that had huge potential.

  • But there was so many talents that goes to waste

  • because they don't have it or they don't want

  • or they think this is the right thing or whatever.

  • So yes, of course, I think it's really important to,

  • to train a lot, but also to train right.

  • And to do the right things and to practice on the right things.

  • I think that's a really, really important thing.

  • To become good.

  • And football isn't the only thing that you excel at.

  • I think.

  • I believe in 2006, you set the record for the longest

  • standing long jump by a five year old.

  • Is that true?

  • Yeah!

  • That's true.

  • I don't remember it, but I remember I went on

  • I don't know what it's called, the,

  • track and field or whatever and jumping

  • and so these kind of things and because my mother did it

  • in young age and so she always brought me, so then there was running.

  • And I think that's also where I have a bit of my speed from and

  • my jumping and everything and yeah, it's true.

  • I have the, I have the record.

  • And you had a very brief rap career as well.

  • Is that true?

  • That's true, yeah.

  • Tell us about Flow Kingz.

  • Yeah, it's a group of, it’s group of three.

  • One guy, is out of contract now.

  • He was in Krasnodar, but he terminated. Erik Botheim and Erik Tobias as well.

  • He plays in Norway.

  • We are three good friends that,

  • that was

  • a bit bored, so we decided to make, a rap song.

  • So what are your plans now for the rest of the summer?

  • You're obviously going to try and get some rest,

  • - Come back and play in America. - Yeah!

  • Rest the head, body, everything,

  • and then get ready for a new season.

  • You must be incredibly excited. Anyway, thank you very much.

  • Erling, I want to say on behalf of all Manchester City fans,

  • Good luck during your time here.

  • Thank you.

Erling. Welcome to Manchester City.