Manchester City have moved to deny reports from Spain that star striker Erling Haaland has a “Real Madrid clause” written into his contract in north-west England following his blistering start to the season.
The Norwegian striker has already registered 14 Premier League goals, including three consecutive home hat-tricks, and is taking the English top-flight by storm, already just four goals from last season’s golden boots.
And while City pipped Real Madrid to his signature over the summer, Spanish media are reporting that the forward has a €200m release clause that kicks in in 2024, while it is believed to be more favorable to Real Madrid in particular.
In the documentary “Haaland, the big decision” Alfie Haaland revealed that “I think Erling wants to test his skills in all leagues, then he can stay in them for three or four years at most.”
However, Sky Sports report that Manchester City have dismissed such reports, claiming that no such clause exists in the 22-year-old’s contract.
“The club rejected any talk of there being any special Real Madrid clause in Erling Haaland’s contract,” the outlet claims.
After their 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen, Pep Guardiola added “It’s not true, he has no release clause for Real Madrid or any other team. It’s not true, what can I say?” “I have the feeling that he is incredibly happy here and we will try together with him/others to make him happy.”
Having taken to life in the Premier League like a duck to water, City will hope Haaland chooses to stay regardless of any potential release clauses, but it sounds like they could be fighting a losing battle on that front, with speculation continuing to rage. months after he arrived at the Etihad.