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Haaland’s father influenced him to choose Manchester City over Real Madrid

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Erling Haaland’s reported decision to join Manchester City has shaken up the world. For months at a stretch, the Norweigan international has been at the centre of attention and on the headlines of papers over his next club. Now, that seems decided.

According to reports from Telegraph, Alf Inge, the player’s father, played a major role in his son’s decision to join Pep Guardiola’s side.

Real Madrid placed an economically comparable offer on the table for the striker. However, Manchester City’s project and star-studded squad seems to have done the trick for the Premier League champions.

No official announcement has been made and the deal is far from being completed. Until the release clause has been triggered and the contractual details agreed, it would be naive to exclude Los Blancos from the race.

Reports say that City’s offer will make Haaland the highest-paid player in the Premier League. It is understood that his contract will include wages in excess of £500,000 a week and will see the player at Etihad for five years.

If Real Madrid fail to get the Norwegian, it could well be a blessing in disguise. The arrival of Kylian Mbappe should strengthen Madrid’s forward line sufficiently, and the surplus funds can now be used to reinforce the ageing midfield.

Meanwhile, Haaland will fill the only void Manchester City have in their squad. With a proven goalscorer amongst their ranks, Guardiola’s side will be a force to reckon with for years to come.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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