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Kalvin Phillips has put the pressure on fellow Manchester City summer signing Erling Haaland by claiming that the striker has a “massive” responsibility for the approaching season. Pep Guardiola’s side won the race for the Norwegian ahead of a bunch of top European clubs and can hope that the 21-year-old can proceed his stellar goalscoring record.

Haaland scored 62 league goals in 67 games during his time at Borussia Dortmund, prompting City to bring the striker to the Etihad. Phillips has been impressed with Haaland during training, and is expecting big things this season.

“I feel just the presence he has and the boldness he has in himself is what every big striker needs,” Phillips told Sky Sports. “You possibly can see he has got that in abundance, and the best way he trains, how competitive he’s because obviously he has got a large responsibility now at City. I feel he’ll fly this season. We’ve spoken quite a bit about Leeds and we get on quite well, I even have not met him before so he’s a very good lad and an important football player as well.”

Phillips also claimed that certainly one of the important thing reasons behind his move to City was to work with Guardiola, despite the Spanish coach’s contract ending next yr. The England midfielder hopes that his recent boss extends his deal to stay on the club. “I feel when there have been reports that City were interested I feel certainly one of the foremost the explanation why I wanted to return was to be coached by Pep,” Phillips added.

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“He’s probably the greatest managers on the planet and the teams that he has managed and the stuff that he has won, I just desired to learn loads from him and the opposite players around me as well. I do know immediately he has only got a yr left on his contract but even when it is just a yr, hopefully it’s not but hopefully I’ll learn loads from him.”

Former Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta joined Phillips in predicting a robust season for Haaland, claiming that City’s recent forward is “probably the very best player on the planet”, and the Argentine is confident that his old club will win their first Champions League soon.

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“He’s an enormous lad,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports. “I saw him and he was ‘wow’, but he was certainly one of the foremost players and he was available in the market. A number of top teams were seeking to sign him and we’re all very happy to have him on the club.

“I feel he’s already got that reference to Man City because his dad [Alf-Inge] played for the club before. For me, I’d say he might be the very best player on the planet.

“The Champions League is certainly one of those competitions the club is in search of, but I’m confident that hopefully, they will win it soon.”

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