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Haaland is Real Madrid’s top target for 2024, release clause around €220-240 million

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Real Madrid’s interest in Erling Haaland is out in the open. Last summer, the Los Blancos decided to focus on Kylian Mbappe as he would arrive on a free transfer and this gave Haaland his ticket to sign for Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund.

Madrid’s attentiveness towards the Norweigian will continue to persist, especially during the 2024 summer transfer window. This is exactly why his visit to Santiago Bernabeu was expected to be special. As it turns out, the off-the-field issues related to his father pulled him away from the limelight.

Alf-Inge Haaland was present at the venue and he was booed by the Madrid supporters after he allegedly threw peanuts into the public. Haaland Sr. and Madrid fans threw some gestures toward each other before the former was evicted from the scene.

Responding to the scene that was created, the footballer’s father explained, “Madrid were not happy because we celebrated De Bruyne’s goal and we had to move because the fans were not happy either. I didn’t do that (throw peanuts at the public). 

“It isn’t true. We had some good banter with the Madrid fans. They weren’t happy when City scored. Normal. Then we had to move 50 meters away. Nothing else. Everyone is happy. Well almost…”.

Now, regardless of what happened between the fans and his father, the fact remains that he is going to be the main objective for Real Madrid for the summer of 2024. 

According to AS, despite having a contract with City until 2027, a termination clause will come into effect in 2024, where he can leave the team if Madrid pay an amount of around €220 – €240 million.

Haaland’s time at the Bernabeu wasn’t really fruitful as the striker was outsmarted by Antonio Rudiger to the extent that he completed a mere 12 passes on the night, eight of which came in Madrid’s half. He lost possession five times and had only two shots on target without any danger.

But regardless of what happened on the night, Madrid will not lose track of his progress as, after all, he has scored 51 goals this season.

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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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