James Milner has revealed that Norway striker Erling Haaland told him he would sign for Leeds United before joining Manchester City.
The 22-year-old was born in Leeds, as his father played for the club from Elland Road at the time.
Erling, who is a product of Molde’s academy, joined Salzburg in 2019 and then exploded with goals.
The striker scored a hat-trick for Salzburg on his Champions League debut, before scoring in both games against Liverpool in the group stage.
During that game, Haaland and Milner spoke to each other and according to the Englishman, Haaland told him that a move to Leeds was on his mind.
Milner came through Leeds’ academy and made his first-team debut aged just 16, but now plies his trade with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
“I can confirm he said he was going to sign for Leeds a few years ago, when we played him, he’s lying, so it’s disappointing,” the 36-year-old told Via Play on Sunday after Liverpool v Manchester City.
Milner also confirmed the pair had a little chat [about Leeds] at their last meeting.
The Liverpool footballer is a product of the Leeds United club.