Haaland receives audacious 28-day loan offer from 7th-tier Ashton United; here’s what City fans want him to do

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Erling Haaland will not travel to Qatar as Norway failed to qualify for the event. Meanwhile, he’s received a 28-day loan offer from seventh tier Ashton United, while here’s what Manchester City fans want him to do.

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First published Nov 15, 2022, 1:17 p.m. IST

The top footballers are on a month-long international break, with the 2022 FIFA World Cup starting in Qatar on Sunday. However, not all top players would travel to the Gulf as their national teams failed to qualify for the prestigious event. One of the best players to miss out on in Qatar is Norwegian sensation, Erling Haaland. Debating what to do during a month-long break, he received an unexpected 28-day loan offer from seventh-tier English club Ashton United, who play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. Meanwhile, his current club Manchester City are somewhat shocked by the proposal, with fans also wondering what the Norway international should do.

Talk to Ashton’s websiteCurrent club strength and conditioning coach Michael Clegg said: “It makes sense. City don’t play and we want to help by keeping Erling fit. It makes more sense for him to play golf. for six weeks. We believe doing so would be a good choice for us and would fit well with the dynamics of our team.”

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Haaland joined City in the summer from German giants Borussia Dortmund and has scored 23 goals for his current club across tournaments. Cityzens head coach Pep Guardiola had suggested the Norwegian would be given some time off before returning to training next month. While Ashton is located just six miles from City’s Etihad Stadium, the former awaits a response from the latter.

“The club have not yet received a response from Manchester City,” Ashton said on his website. Cityzens play their next competitive game on December 23 in the EFL Cup against fellow giants Liverpool at home, followed by their English Premier League (EPL) away game against 15th-placed Leeds United on December 29.

Last updated Nov 15, 2022 1:19 PM IST

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