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Real Madrid see Manchester City striker as Karim Benzema’s replacement

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The race for Erling Haaland in the summer was long and hard-fought. In the end, it came down to a battle between two clubs: Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Both clubs placed similar proposals on the table, and the Norweigan International opted for the Premier League side after much deliberation. However, all is not over between Los Blancos and the young striker.

According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid still have Haaland in their plans for the future. They see the Manchester City player as the ideal replacement for Karim Benzema and wish to incorporate him down the line.

Their case is helped by the fact that Haaland has included a release clause in his contract at Etihad. The clause will be activated in the summer of 2024 and will require any interested party to shell out €150 million for his services then.

Given his unstoppable shot and presence of mind in front of goal, Haaland is one is the few players in the world who can recreate Benzema’s legacy at the club. Considering that the Frenchman will be 36 in two years’ time, it would be the ideal time for the club to sign a replacement.

In just 21 league starts for the Bundesliga side last season, the youngster scored 22 goals and recorded seven assists. Further, he found the back of the net thrice in the UEFA Champions League.

He is expected to make his Manchester City debut against West Ham early in August. With him in the ranks, Pep Guardiola’s side will look to defend their domestic title and also seal their first-ever UCL trophy.

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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