Manchester City new boy Erling Haaland has been told he must learn to deal with criticism better following a fiery back-and-forth with Sweden's Alexander Milosevic.
The 21-year-old was the difference maker in both of Norway's Nations League clashes with Sweden this month, bagging a brace in Stockholm and again in Oslo on Sunday to send his country three points clear at the top of their group.
Following their initial encounter, the notoriously candid Haaland hit out at Milosevic in his post-match interview, claiming the midfielder called him a "whore" and threatened to break his feet – claims Milosevic strenuously denies.
"First he called me a whore, I can safely say that I am not," Haaland told Norwegian outlet TV2. "Secondly, he said he was going to break my feet, a minute and a half later I scored. That was fine."
Milosevic later responded, saying: "I never called him a whore. I don't want to waste time on things that have been said on the pitch. I don't speak or understand Norwegian. I don't know if he speaks Swedish. What happened on the pitch stays there, I'll just move on."
Whatever the case, Milosevic's international team-mate Ludwig Augustinsson decided to poke the bear too, urging Haaland to develop a thicker skin.
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"I've been to Spain and Germany and many serious things are said there between the players. That's something you have to deal with and not repeat in the media. As a player, you have to learn that," Augustinsson said of Haaland prior to Sweden's clash with Norway over the weekend.
"It was a bit immature from him [Haaland], because that can be something that annoys you, but there is a derby feeling between Sweden and Norway and those things can happen in the game."
Haaland may have had the last laugh by inspiring Norway to a 3-2 victory, but Augustinsson's point stands. The former Dortmund man is arguably the most feared striker on the planet – if he's not getting abuse on the pitch he's probably not doing his job right, and he'll need to find a way to deal with it all if he expects to be a success in the Premier League.
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