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Real Madrid will go after Manchester City superstar in 2024 if Mbappe doesn’t arrive



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Real Madrid have been unsuccessfully chasing the signing of Kylian Mbappe for years now.

This summer seemed like their pursuit would finally culminate in success as PSG were ready to offload the 24-year-old after his decision not to extend his contract.

However, Real Madrid made no offers and Mbappe stayed firm on his desire to see out his contract in Paris which expires next year.

Despite some reports suggesting that there could be a late twist in the offing, it seems unlikely with Mbappe continuing in Paris.

Real Madrid could go for Haaland in 2024

As things stand, Mbappe will be available for free in 2024 and Real Madrid’s idea is to start talks and seal a pre-contract agreement with him starting in January.

But if there is no favourable response from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Los Blancos will divert their attention towards Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland, reports Tomas Gonzalez-Martin.

Mbappe will be free in 2024 if he doesn’t renew. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 23-year-old Norwegian has also been a long-term target of Real Madrid, with the club considering a move for him last year before he joined the Cityzens.

Haaland enjoyed a stunning debut campaign with Pep Guardiola’s side, winning the treble, which has put him in contention for the Ballon d’Or.

€175 million release clause in contract

The report highlights that Haaland has a massive €175 exit clause in his contract which will become active next year, potentially allowing Real Madrid to swoop Haaland away.

The striker’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, has been coy on the existence of the clause each time the topic has been broached.

“The release clause into Haaland’s contract is a mystery, it reminds me of the Treasure Island. No one knows. I like it,” she said back in May.

Manchester City, for their part, are already working on tying the Norwegian goal machine to a new contract to stave off any potential suitors.

It remains to be seen what turn Real Madrid’s pursuit of a marquee forward takes next summer and whether it is Mbappe or Haaland that they go after.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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