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Real Madrid target has ambitions of Bernabeu move, but is very happy at Man City

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According to a report from The Athletic, Manchester City are set to offer superstar Erling Haaland a new contract to wade off interest from Real Madrid.

Haaland signed for Manchester City only last summer, but has already been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are said to be plotting to sign the Norwegian hitman in 2024 to replace Karim Benzema.

It had been previously reported that Haaland has a release clause worth £150 million in his contract which would become active in 2024.

However, The Athletic states that the clause is no longer valid as it was related to the future of manager Pep Guardiola. With the head coach renewing his contract at the Etihad recently, the £150 million exit clause in Haaland’s contract has been removed automatically.

And, now, the Premier League champions wish to further secure his long-term future at the club by handing him a new contract.

The report further adds that Haaland has always had the ambition of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, at this point, the 22-year-old Norwegian is very happy at Manchester City and feels that he is at the right club to continue his development and progression.

It is also claimed that the former Borussia Dortmund ace is delighted by City keeping a series of promises they had made, one of which was to look after him physically after the injury issues he had faced in Germany.

So, even though Real Madrid continue to lurk, Manchester City believe that Haaland would be open to talks over a new deal. It is not new for them to offer extensions to players within their first year at the club – they have already done it with the likes of Ederson, Ruben Dias, and Julian Alvarez.

In 40 matches this season, Haaland has already plundered 47 goals, breaking several records along the way. The Norwegian’s current contract at City runs until 2027 and the club now want to offer him an extension to keep him away from Real Madrid’s clutches.

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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season

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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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