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Manchester City relieved Mbappe is Real Madrid-bound as Haaland future will be secure

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Since Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is imminent, this closes the doors for a certain Erling Haaland for the time being. 

Adding to the matter, Julien Laurens has reported that given the turn of events, Premier League side Manchester City are extremely relieved that Los Blancos will not go for their star forward this summer.

“At City, they are relieved that Kylian Mbappe is going to Real Madrid, that closes the door for the moment to Haaland leaving this summer,” said Laurens in AfterRMC.

Mbappe move sealed, but Haaland a future probability

It is to be noted that what’s pending in Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is nothing but an official announcement, Despite that, though, PSG are not entirely giving up on the player.

This is because they want to recoup at least some part of the €180 million fee they paid Monaco for Mbappe. This means the team from the French capital is insisting the young forward pay a part of the signing-on bonus he would receive from Real Madrid.

Kylian Mbappe will move to Real Madrid. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

As such, they are expecting to secure a fee ranging between €100-150 million from Mbappe’s departure. 

Meanwhile, as far as Haaland is concerned, a lot has been said about his future too, given how relatively easy it would be for Real Madrid to sign him in 2025.

At the moment, while City are working on tying him to a long-term deal, nothing has been proposed on paper.

Amidst all this, though, the star forward recently said in a press conference that although he is happy at Man City, he does not rule out a move in the future. 

“I’m really happy, especially with the people I’m surrounded by, but tomorrow you never know what the future brings,” said the forward.

As of today, Real Madrid are not expected to shell out big bucks on Haaland this summer as they have Alphonso Davies and a centre-back as their other priorities.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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