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Guardiola denies the presence of a special release clause in Haaland’s contract for Real Madrid

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refuted the claims that star striker Erling Haaland has a release clause in his current contract, saying that the player is ‘incredibly happy’ at the Etihad at this moment.

Despite signing for Manchester City in the summer of 2022, Haaland’s future has been thrown in the air so much so that the Norweigian is already said to be a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2024.

Reports in Spain have been doing rounds that the former Borussia Dortmund striker has a release clause in his City contract that would allow him to sign for Real Madrid in 2024 for a fixed fee; said to be around €200 million in 2024 or €175 million in 2025.

However, speaking after his team’s 5-0 thrashing of FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League, which took them closer to knockouts qualification, Guardiola confirmed that the rumours are false.

“It’s not true,” he was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “He has no release clause for Real Madrid or any other team. It’s not true, what can I say? I have the feeling he is incredibly happy here and we will try to make him happy.

“You cannot worry about the rumours, we have to worry about what we can control,” he added.

Haaland has been an absolute phenom for Manchester City this season, chalking up 19 goals and three assists in all competitions.

It must be noted that the striker’s ongoing contract with City runs until 2027 but Spanish media has speculated that he would, in fact, make a transition before it runs out.

Josep Pedrerol had mentioned that it was Haaland who insisted on putting an exit clause in the first place two years from his date of joining while putting Real Madrid on the top of his agenda.

“Haaland puts in a clause that allows him to leave after two years but with priority for Real Madrid. Madrid puts up whatever money it takes and takes Haaland without talking to City,” he had said.

But for now, City are working towards an extension already as they want him to continue at the Etihad for a longer time.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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