Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore thinks Real Madrid will sign Erling Haaland from Man City once the striker has won everything on offer.
The Norwegian hitman scored a record-breaking 35th Premier League goal against West Ham United on Wednesday, surpassing the all-time Premier League record of 34 goals in one season managed by ex-England forwards Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.
And despite already becoming a Premier League great and one that will go down in the history books, speculation Haaland could move on has already begun to mount.
Speaking to CaughtOffside about the probability of the 22-year-old wanting a new challenge if he were to propel the Cityzens to their first-ever treble during his first season, Collymore said: “If Haaland and City were able to do that, how much incentive would there be for him to stay at the Etihad? – Very little, in my opinion.”
Erling Haaland to move to Real Madrid in the future?
In his first season, Haaland, who was subjected to early criticism due to question marks over his ability to adapt to Man City’s style of play, has already silenced those critics and will be able to add to his tally of 51 goals in all competitions on Saturday afternoon when the Sky Blues take on Leeds United in what will be Sam Allardyce’s first match in charge.
However, despite already experiencing a record-breaking debut campaign, Collymore believes it is only a matter of time before the prolific Norweigan opts to join Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.
“It would be a move that would make sense for Haaland,” the ex-pro added.
“I doubt very much he will see out his career at City and to play for arguably the greatest club in the world… So watch this space – Haaland to Real Madrid in the next few seasons.”
Collymore’s comments come at a time when Real Madrid are believed to be closing in on signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Having previous experience playing together during their time at the Black and Yellows, the possibility of Haaland being reunited with England’s Bellingham at the Santiago Bernabeu will be a hugely exciting prospect for the neutral fan.