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Haaland hands his ‘future keys’ to Real Madrid, is dreaming about playing at the Bernabeu

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Manchester City went into their second leg clash against Kobenhavn with a healthy 1-3 lead from the firs leg, with Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden stealing the show.

Ahead of the return fixture, a lot of pressure was on Erling Haaland, who failed to deliver in the first leg. He eventually came away with a goal to his name, but there was more talk about his words before the game.

“I’m sure I will read what I say in big headlines tomorrow. Madrid? You never know what the future will hold,” he said in the buildup to the match.

His name has been linked with Real Madrid all over again over the last few weeks, with reports starting that the Norweigian dreams of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Spanish capital outfit are on Haaland’s road map, and despite their move for Kylian Mbappe this summer, the operation to accommodate the Man City striker is still alive from both team’s ends.

A report from AS says that Haaland, on the back of these words, has given the ‘keys’ to Madrid. His words were directed right at them, with a clear message about what he wants out of his future.

The report says that Haaland has a release clause in his contract that makes his signing affordable for non-Premier League sides, and this figure will also keep on decreasing as the seasons go by.

Rafaela Pimienta, his agent, put this contract into place when he was signing for City, well-aware about the interest from Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and of course, Madrid.

Man City, meanwhile, want to renew Haaland’s contract and make him the highest-paid player in their squad. His agent will make sure, though, that the door for his exit remains open even if he puts pen to paper.

The problem lies in the finances, though, as Mbappe will arrive on a massive salary, that will make him the highest-paid player in the Madrid squad, and possibly retain his throne in Europe, as well.

Accommodating both Haaland and Mbappe will be very difficult even for Madrid, who have rather healthy finances heading into the summer transfer window.

They can, of course, look to offload some of the younger players in the team, who have a sky-high transfer valuation, like Rodrygo, or Eduardo Camavinga, but that would mean compromising on their project.

And while Haaland’s salary is reportedly around €30 million gross, he has 100% image rights retention at City right now, which Madrid never offer to their players. Even Cristiano Ronaldo was only given 50% of the shares.

As of now, Haaland is daydreaming about playing in the pearl white of Real Madrid, but the news about Mbappe’s future was a huge blow for him.

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’

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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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