Barcelona and Real Madrid target Erling Haaland refuses to rule out Man City exit

An update on the future of long-term Barcelona and Real Madrid target Erling Haaland has been provided today.

Haaland has refused to close the door on a Manchester City exit, despite insisting that he is “really happy” at the club. Madrid are expected to sign world-class talent Kylian Mbappé on a free transfer from Paris St-Germain this summer and therefore their pursuit of the City striker has been put on hold.

The treble winners beat Los Blancos to sign the Norwegian from Borussia Dortmund for £51m in June 2022, however Real’s interest has never gone away. Meanwhile, arch-rivals Barcelona are monitoring the situation of the 23-year-old, but are unlikely to make a suitable offer in the immediate future, due to their delicate financial situation.

Haaland, who scored his 28th goal of the campaign in City’s recent Manchester derby triumph, has a £150m release clause in his current contact, which commits him to the reigning Premier League champions until June 2027.

The Norway international insists he is enjoying life at City and in England, but has refused to rule out a move to La Liga in the future.

Speaking to media ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League game against Copenhagen, Haaland said: I’m really happy at City, really happy with all people I’m surrounded by — manager, board, director.

“I say this now: tomorrow you never know what the future brings but I am happy. You can write this but also everything I said before.

“My focus is mainly now on the pitch. There’s a lot of games… two days ago a derby, now Champions League, Sunday is Liverpool — I think I should focus on that.”

Rajan Sangha | GSFN

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