Guardiola: Haaland is improving and is close to returning to City

Manchester-England: the manager Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola said Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland has “really improved” and could return to play against Fulham on Saturday. Guardiola did not venture against Sevilla in Champions League midweek, after City had already taken the lead after the Norwegian got injured against his ex club, Borussia Dortmund, the previous week. Haaland, who quickly joined the English Premier League after moving to Manchester in the summer transfer period, scored 22 goals in various competitions and on Saturday he may have a chance to increase his incredible haul. “He is much better,” said Guardiola in a press conference on Friday. We will determine (its location) today. It’s a positive step, he started training today and we’ll see in the afternoon, we’ll take into account his opinion and the doctor’s opinion (if he plays) 90 minutes or less, we’ll see. “The Spanish coach praised Barcelona defender Gerard Pique after announcing his retirement this week, and his last match with his team, with whom he won the Champions League twice while Guardiola was the coach, will be on Saturday. Guardiola added: “Amazing news. I know his father and his mother, he is a wonderful person. He was good at big match, he was always at the highest level. All great club they need players of this type. He has won everything with Barcelona and Spain. It’s time to go in retirement), the future will be bright, he’s a smart guy. It is a great honor to coach him, we have spent four wonderful years together. “His dream has come true, he has spent 13, 14 or 15 years (with Barcelona).” The City manager, whose side are two points behind leaders Arsenal, indicated ahead of the weekend’s games that England duo Calvin Phelps and Kyle Walker were not ready to join the squad. (Reuters)