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Pep Guardiola sends Erling Haaland warning after Man City agree deal

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City's rivals that Erling Haaland will not take long to settle in the Premier League.

The Blues have reached an agreement over a stunning £51m deal for the Dortmund sensation, who will join the club in time for next season. Haaland will add to an embarrassment of riches for Guardiola, whose team are three points closer to the Premier League after smashing Wolves 5-1 and could yet reach 100 goals for the campaign.

Guardiola will not place responsibility on Haaland to score goals for his new club because he wants the rest of the team to continue to contribute. However, the City manager did say that every effort will be made both to help the player adapt to life in Manchester and to give him opportunities to score.

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"Big congratulations to the club, he is signed for the next years," he said. "He is a young talented player, I'm very pleased he decided to come and join us.

"Next season we are going to work together and hopefully he can settle, help him to settle as soon as possible in terms of Manchester and a house. I am pretty sure he is going to adapt quickly to the way we want to play.

"We have to try to play good. I never thought the whole defensive situation depends on a central defender, nor the goals we score should depend on a striker. He has scored a lot of goals in his career and we are going to help him through the game have more chances to score goals.

"We are not going to give him responsibility to score goals. We have to win games. To win, we need everyone working the right way to arrive as much as possible and as much as we can arrive there we can do it."

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