From now on it’s one touch only – Ilkay Gundogan sends warning to new Manchester City star

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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has welcomed Erling Haaland to Manchester City with a challenge for the striker.

Haaland is a £51million addition from Borussia Dortmund, who faced City in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2021.

Asked what he remembers about playing against Manchester City last year, Haaland revealed he barely touched the ball and called out Gundogan for his performance.

“I played against them in the Champions League last year and you see something on TV and then when you meet it is completely different,” Haaland said.

“I didn’t touch the ball for 25 minutes and it is like, Gundogan, please stop playing tiki-taka! It is a different level how they play and that is what I want to be a part of.”

Gundogan took to Twitter to respond to Haaland’s comment.

Quoting Haaland, Gundogan said: “From now on it’s one touch only,” with a winking emoji.

“Welcome to Manchester, [Erling Haaland]”, he added.

Meanwhile, Former striker Trevor Sinclair believes former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino could be the ideal man to replace Pep Guardiola when the Manchester City boss finally steps down.

“You look at him and he knows how to deal with egos,” Sinclair told talkSPORT. “He seems to have a fantastic rapport with players.

“It doesn’t matter how big the players are, we have seen him managing [Lionel] Messi, [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar. So on that side of things, I think he is safe hands. He is a charming man and I think he comes across well in the media.

“I actually feel that Manchester City might be the club for him. I think he might have a bit of a sabbatical now, because I’m sure he is not struggling for finances.

“But I think Manchester City could be the one for him. If Guardiola walks away at a certain stage, that might be a hot seat ready to take for Pochettino.”