(Reuters) – Manchester City’s new signing Erling Haaland said on Thursday he has no concerns about settling into life in the Premier League.
Haaland, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund last month, scored in a pre-season win over Bayern Munich but missed several chances and struggled to link up with his new team mates in a 3-1 Community Shield defeat to Liverpool.
“We will see about settling in,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sports. “People can take time, people can come directly into it. We have to see, but I’m not concerned. That’s life as a footballer – you have to live with it.
“You are a kind of entertainer. You get judged every single week for what you do on the pitch and you have to deliver and do your best.
“For me as a striker, this is something I cannot stress about because if you think too much, you might end up doing things you don’t want to do. It’s all about trying to enjoy, live in the moment.”
Haaland, who has signed a five-year contract at City, said he was enjoying the challenge of adapting to playing for the champions.
“As a young player, playing for Pep Guardiola, playing for the best club in England, I have to keep developing and get better at a lot of things,” Haaland said.
“That’s what I like a lot about football, you can always develop, you can always get better at the game.
“Part of the game is to get out of your comfort zone, which is something I’ve been doing and something I like because then you develop more as a human being.”
Haaland is set to make his Premier League debut for City when they travel to face West Ham United on Aug. 7.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)