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Erling Haaland has €150 million release clause at Man City, could interest Real Madrid

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Manchester City might have pulled off one of the best transfers of the summer window even before it is officially open as they have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Erling Haaland.

The 21-year-old was one of the most sought-after forwards in the market heading into the summer and was being chased by a host of top clubs, including Real Madrid.

However, Manchester City beat everyone to the punch by signing the Norwegian international, after agreeing to pay his €60 million release clause.

Now German publication BILD has divulged some details of the contract that Haaland will be signing with the Premier League champions.

As per the report, the Borussia Dortmund superstar will be penning a five-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side. More importantly, it is claimed that the contract will have a release clause worth €150 million embedded in it, which could be triggered after two years i.e., in 2024.

It means that Haaland’s suitors, like Real Madrid, could be able to sign him two years down the line by triggering the exit clause which stands at €150 million.

It could certainly interest Los Blancos, who will need to bring in a replacement for Karim Benzema a couple of seasons down the line. The Frenchman’s current contract expires in 2023, although El Confidencial is reporting that he is set to sign an extension until 2024.

If he does so, Real Madrid can bank on the veteran Frenchman for a couple more years before potentially diverting their interest back towards Haaland.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported earlier this week that the 21-year-old continues to harbour ambitions of playing for Real Madrid and could view Manchester City as a ‘stepping stone’ before realising his dream of joining Los Merengues.

The €150 million release clause coming into force in 2024 allows Real Madrid to continue with Benzema and make the best use of his form before ushering in a new era with the possible acquisition of Haaland as a replacement.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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