Manchester City star Erling Haaland wanted by non-league club Ashton United during World Cup break

Non-league side Ashton United have presented Manchester City with a 28-day loan offer for Erling Haaland to play at the World Cup.

Ashton United, a seventh-tier team on the English football pyramid, issued a statement on November 14 confirming that they had submitted an offer to City, asking for Haaland on loan for 28 days. Not really.

A statement released at the Northern Premier League club website read: “Ashton United can confirm the club have submitted a 28-day loan approach for Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.

“With the current Premier League champions not in action until the end of December due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Robins have contacted our neighbors Ethiad in order to maintain Haaland’s fitness, without he is involved in Qatar.”

Club manager Michael Clegg added: “It makes sense. City don’t play, and we want to help by keeping Erling fit, it makes more sense for him to play golf for six weeks.

“We think he’ll be a great fit for us and will fit in very well with our team dynamic.”

Haaland will miss the World Cup as Norway failed to qualify for the tournament in Qatar. And although he plans to take some time off on holiday during this period, Robins – who play at Hurst Cross and are less than 20 minutes’ drive from the Etihad Stadium – have offered him the chance to keep fit – although the most definitely in ironic fashion.

Should City and Haaland somehow accept the offer, he would be available for a four-game streak, missing a fifth due to international obligations.

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