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Manchester City advised Bundesliga goal-machine to join Real Madrid later in his career



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Manchester City have told Erling Haaland that they would not come in his way if he wishes to move to Spain after four or five years, but have advised him to join them at the moment. 

It’s no secret that Haaland loves Spain, the Spanish culture and even owns a property there, but if the reports coming from The Times are to be believed, the Cityzens have taken a significant leap in acquiring the young forward.

The aforementioned source says they are even close to striking a deal with Haaland, which will make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League. 

City have been in pole position since February when the club’s official met with Haaland’s representatives in Monaco. 

Back then, the team agreed to meet his release clause and are also willing to pay the agent’s fee, taking the operation somewhere around €120 million.  

The news comes as a huge blow for Madrid since they are looking to acquire a top-class striker who can accompany Karim Benzema next season. But even if they miss out on Haaland, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe remains another player in the pipeline.

The 2018 World Cup winner reportedly has an agreement with Real, as he sees his current PSG deal running out at the end of the season. 

PSG, however, are not the one to bow out that easily. They are doing everything in their power to convince the 23-year-old by literally waving a blank cheque at him.

But if Mbapee does decide to move to Real, City will strengthen their position in Haaland’s pursuit. In an otherwise scenario, City are still hopeful that they will, indeed, land the Norweigian by assuring him that they would not stand in his way if he decides to move to Spain some four or five years on.

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Ancelotti hails Real Madrid attacker after Sevilla win: “He has significant qualities”



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Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla yesterday, in what was the club’s final away game of the season.

Rodrygo was the star performer of the game, racking up two goals and being handed the Man of the Match title. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the Brazilian after the game, stating, “Rodrygo did well in the centre-forward role and he can also play there. He has different attributes.”

“If you can dribble through the middle you have a better chance of scoring than if you dribble out wide. Because of his quality, it’s easier for him to find opportunities in this area. He doesn’t have the physicality for aerial clashes, but he has significant qualities,” he added.

Rodrygo, though, was a bit annoyed with Ancelotti over his substitution as he ‘wanted to score another goal’. In response, Ancelotti said, “Rodrygo wanted to stay on the pitch to go for a hat trick, but I told him that we had different objectives. He wanted to score, but I didn’t want to concede a goal. We finished with four centre-backs and managed the game well.”

Ancelotti went on to laud the atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan, especially as there were no insults hurled at any of the Real Madrid players. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great despite some whistling towards Ceballos. I didn’t hear any insults and so we’re on the right track. The fans should be congratulated,” he said.

“People have started to understand what to do in the stadium and what not to do. We have to continue in this vein,” he added.

The Real Madrid manager also talked about Alvaro Rodriguez, pointing out how the youngster has room to improve.

“He’s a really young player and he’s got talent. He’s had a slump in the last period. When he’s played with Castilla he hasn’t always been at his best. Today we needed him and we’ll bear him in mind for the future. He’s young and has room for improvement,” he said.

Ancelotti talked about the future of Marco Asensio as well, with the playmaker reportedly set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

“On the subject of Asensio, I don’t know what the situation is, just as I don’t know about Nacho. Before the last game, everything will be cleared up. On a personal level, I’m sad to see them go because they are very important. We’ll prepare for next season depending on the decisions they make,” he said.

The Italian manager also offered an update on the availability of Vinicius, adding, “As far as Vinicius is concerned, he has two days to rest and we’ll see if he can play the last game.”

Finally, Ancelotti confirmed he will be supporting Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. He also revealed how he had a conflict of interest with Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar.

“I wished Mendilibar all the best for the Europa League final. I’ve had a conflict of interests because I was captain of Roma in the 70s. On Monday we’ll be celebrating the league forty years later. I’m a bit of a Roma fan, but I want the best team to win. Mourinho is truly a great friend of mine and my heart has a closer connection with Roma than it does with Sevilla,” he said.

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