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Last Updated: Friday, 25 July, 2003, 17:50 GMT 18:50 UK
Haaland set to retire
Alfie Haaland
Manchester City midfielder Alf Inge Haaland has told a Norwegian newspaper that he is retiring from football.

The 30-year-old Manchester City has apparently admitted defeat in his battle to overcome a serious knee injury.

Haaland, who last played for City in January 2002, has revealed he has come to a cash agreement with City over the remaining two years of his contract.

Speaking to Stavanger-based Aftenbladet, he said: "I will miss a lot of money but we have made a deal that makes sure I won't miss everything.

"This is the best thing for both parties. It wouldn't be much fun sitting in the fitness room for the next two years."

We were all hoping that Alfie would overcome his problems and recover, but that now seems unlikely
Man City spokesman
A club spokesman confirmed: "Alfie and the club have been in discussions regarding his future.

"Alfie has been undergoing a rehabilitation programme during the summer but was not able to travel with the rest of the squad on the tour to Denmark.

"We were all hoping that Alfie would overcome his problems and recover, but that now seems unlikely.

"Further discussions will take place next week and we are seeking expert medical advice from a top specialist in the USA."

Haaland was already suffering from knee problems when he was on the receiving end of a tackle by Roy Keane in the Manchester derby in April 2001.






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