Erling Haaland to spend three weeks away from Manchester City

Erling Haaland will spend three weeks away from Man City when the Premier League pauses for the World Cup before Pep Guardiola’s squad head off for a warm-weather camp in Abu Dhabi on December 5

  • Manchester City play their final game before the World Cup on Saturday
  • Erling Haaland won’t be going to the World Cup as Norway failed to qualify
  • However, he will still be spending three weeks away from Manchester City
  • He is not due to return to training until early December with Pep Guardiola’s side 

Erling Haaland will enjoy three weeks away from Manchester City once the Premier League halts.

The top scorer, already on 23 goals in all competitions, has been called up by Norway for two friendlies but will then be afforded a further fortnight off by Pep Guardiola.

City’s senior players not involved at the World Cup – including Riyad Mahrez – will jet off for short warm-weather camp in Abu Dhabi along with the club’s youngsters on December 5.

Erling Haaland is set to spend three weeks away from Man City after this weekend’s action

Guardiola has encouraged his players to head away on holiday beforehand, with the City boss planning to spend time in Barcelona with his family after Saturday’s game against Brentford.

While in Abu Dhabi, Guardiola is set to meet Sheikh Mansour alongside chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, with his future at the Etihad Stadium on the agenda. Guardiola’s contract expires in the summer.

‘Everything is under control, it’s perfect, the decision will be made together with the club the moment it has to be made,’ Guardiola said.

He will return to training with other players not at the World Cup, including Riyad Mahrez, on December 5

‘Will I stay in another place for seven years? No, I don’t think so. It is difficult to find what I have here as a manager.

‘It is seven seasons here and there are good moments and bad moments we have had together. I cannot forget (dramatic defeats by) Real Madrid and Tottenham in the Champions League.

‘This is part of our lives. We lived very good things but whatever happens it is part of the incredible moments of my life that I’ve seen here.

‘It’s not about achievements after six or seven years, it’s seeing if you are comfortable being here. I have the feeling that both the club and myself are happy to be together.’

Pep Guardiola has encouraged those not going to the World Cup to go on holiday during the early stages of the tournament

Guardiola maintained that he cannot plan for anything after the World Cup – and does not believe the additional rest for Haaland, set to sign the most lucrative boot deal in history in the coming weeks, is overly beneficial for the striker.

‘That is excuses, they will come back and we’ll see their faces, we’ll talk, have a coffee,’ Guardiola said.

‘Now I’m not going to plan anything. We’ll plan for the 5th and after we train. There could be injuries, some who won the World Cup could be arrogant – “oh I don’t want to play before I am world champion” – or others will be sad and you need to lift them.

‘Some will arrive 10 days before Liverpool (in the Carabao Cup), or two days. If you plan, it can only be ruined because nobody knows about the future.’

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