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Manchester City planning to open talks to extend Real Madrid target’s contract until 2028

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Erling Haaland is one of the hottest young prospects in football right now. The Norweigan striker has shown no signs of slowing down even after his big move to Manchester City and even walked away with the Premier League Golden Boot last season.

Real Madrid have had their eyes on the striker for a long time. The Merengues were well-placed to sign him alongside Manchester City in 2022 but fell short because of their concurrent interest in Kylian Mbappe.

Despite losing out on the star, the club has constantly kept an eye out on Haaland’s situation in the hope of stealing him in the coming transfer windows. After all, it is believed that there is a release clause in his contract that kicks in next summer.

City wary of Madrid’s interest

According to reports from Jack Gaughan, Manchester City are planning contract talks with Haaland to extend his deal to 2028 and beyond. They do not want to risk losing him next summer.

The Norwegian international has four years left on his current deal with the reigning champions of England and Europe, but the club wish to improve the length of the contract by another year at the very least.

Haaland currently earns around £400,000-a-week plus bonuses and would see an increase in his wages as part of the new deal at the Etihad. Progress in negotiations would serve as a major blow to Real Madrid.

Manchester City and Haaland will likely discuss a potential release clause on his new deal once again as had been done in his initial contract when he signed from Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland is a target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Despite the lure of Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola’s side are confident that the player can achieve all his ambitions with them and will thus not feel the need to join the Merengues.

Real Madrid desperately need a striker 

Despite Joselu doing a fine job as Real Madrid’s new central striker, Florentino Perez insists on signing a new big-name player to take over the No. 9 duties.

Los Blancos will likely execute the operation next summer, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe being two top targets. Needless to say, the Norwegian’s renewal with City would complicate the affair.

If Real Madrid fail to sign either of their top two targets, Victor Osimhen has been discussed as the club’s Plan B.

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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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