“We don’t know what the future holds for us”, but “I’m really happy” at Manchester City, Norwegian striker Erling Haaland responded on Tuesday, “focused” on his performances rather than on the question of his contract. Speculation about supposed interest from Real Madrid, in particular, regularly surfaces in the British press regarding the 23-year-old center forward, second for the 2023 Ballon d’Or, under contract until 2027 with Manchester City.

“I’m really happy, especially with the people around me: the coach, the management, the board, the incredible group of players… I’m really happy,” he said in a conference on Tuesday. press release, on the eve of facing Copenhagen in the Champions League. “If I say it now, it will probably make headlines… We don’t know what the future holds but I’m happy and you can write it, but you also have to write everything I have said just before,” he replied to journalists present in Manchester.

Asked about possible discussions on an extension of his contract, he kicked in. “I mainly focus on the pitch, there are a lot of matches, two days ago it was the derby, now the Champions League, Sunday it’s Liverpool. I think I need to focus on that, I don’t think I need to focus on anything else right now.” On another subject, Haaland explained that he had “a trial” in 2016 at FC Copenhagen, the club he meets again on Wednesday in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League.

“I think there were people at the club who wanted me but not all of them, so it didn’t happen. It’s sad for them. But maybe it was good for me because I went to Molde and it was a good choice,” he said.

After a year and a half at the Norwegian club, Haaland joined Salzburg in Austria, then Borussia Dortmund and finally Manchester City, with whom he won the championship, the FA Cup and the Champions League after one season.