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Manchester City want to renew Erling Haaland contract to stave off Real Madrid interest

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It has been only a few months since Erling Haaland signed for Manchester City, but the Premier League champions are already planning to hand him a new contract to stave off interest from Real Madrid.

This claim comes from SPORT, who state that Pep Guardiola’s side want to ensure that the Norwegian international continues at the Etihad for a long time, especially with Real Madrid’s continued links with a future move for the striker.

Haaland was one of the most in-demand commodities in the transfer market this past summer. But Man City prevailed in the race to sign him from Borussia Dortmund and are already reaping the benefits of the move.

In just 11 matches in all competitions, Haaland has already scored 17 goals for the Citizens, including three hat-tricks in the Premier League, the latest of which came in the Manchester derby as City thrashed United 6-3.

Guardiola’s team are extremely pleased with the impact of the 22-year-old, with the striker even exceeding expectations, given as many expected him to go through a period of adjustment and adaptation at his new club.

Haaland’s current contract with Manchester City runs until the summer of 2027 but it has been reported that a release clause worth €180 million will become active in 2024, at which point Real Madrid intend to strike.

However, in order to avoid that scenario, the Premier League champions wish to negotiate a new contract with Haaland so that they can keep him at the club beyond 2027. At the same time, they also hope to remove the release clause that exists in his current deal.

Such a move would make it extremely difficult for Real Madrid to make a move for Haaland in two years’ time when they were planning to replace current ace goalscorer and club captain Karim Benzema.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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