Tuesday, July 5

Joaquin jokes that Erling Haaland wanted to join him at Real Betis but says there’s no space for him

‘There is no space for him!’: Spain icon Joaquin jokes that Erling Haaland wanted to join him at Real Betis before Man City move but says LaLiga side just can’t fit him in their squad… as the pair enjoy some downtime in Malaga

  • Real Betis legend Joaquin is on holiday with Man City new boy Erling Haaland
  • Joaquin was filmed joking that Haaland wanted to join him at Betis this summer
  • But the 40-year-old cheekily claimed there was no space for the goalscorer
  • Haaland was linked with Real Madrid but ended up joining City for £51million 

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Real Betis legend Joaquin has joked that Erling Haaland wanted to join him at the Spanish side – but hilariously claimed there was no space for him in their squad.

The unlikely pairing are currently enjoying some downtime together away on holiday, as they lapped up the sun while chilling out by the beach in Malaga.

And the two seemingly good pals had a laugh with one another, with Joaquin making the tongue-in-cheek claim as they drank a coffee at Casasolei at aüa on Tuesday.

In a video on his Instagram page, Joaquin joked: ‘Haaland says he wants to come to Betis and I told him that there is no space for him anymore.’

The comment draws an immediate smile from Man City’s £51million summer signing, before Joaquin continues: ‘There is no space for him. Maybe next year.’

Haaland is then asked about his switch to the Etihad, where he simply says: ‘Muy bien! (Very good)’

Haaland was initially linked with Real Madrid, not Betis, earlier this summer when he was linked with the exit at Borussia Dortmund.

The pair shared a laugh as they drank coffee down by the beach while on holiday together

The pair shared a laugh as they drank coffee down by the beach while on holiday together

The pair shared a laugh as they drank coffee down by the beach while on holiday together

The pair pose for a photo while enjoying some downtime by the beach on Tuesday

The pair pose for a photo while enjoying some downtime by the beach on Tuesday

The pair pose for a photo while enjoying some downtime by the beach on Tuesday

Joaquin (right), 40, recently guided Betis to Copa del Rey glory last season

Joaquin (right), 40, recently guided Betis to Copa del Rey glory last season

Joaquin (right), 40, recently guided Betis to Copa del Rey glory last season

Sportsmail exclusively revealed back in April that it was City that had won the race to sign the goalscoring Norwegian, before it was confirmed his switch to the Etihad earlier this month with a throwback photo.

And Haaland revealed it was Riyad Mahrez who had egged him on to make the move from Dortmund when the pair met on holiday last summer.

So Manchester City fans: Beware.

You could just end up seeing Haaland donning the green and white stripes in the near-distant future…

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