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“Still in the Red Bull Territory” – Despite Aiming a Splurge to Keep Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s Legacy Downplayed in Comparison With Ferrari-Like Real Madrid

Published 10/07/2023, 11:26 AM EDT

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There are rumours of Real Madrid making plans to bring Erling Haaland to Santiago Bernabeu next season. Los Blancos have ditched Kylian Mbappe and are preparing to launch a bid for the Manchester City striker. However, to discourage Real Madrid from taking the Haaland route, Manchester City has started contract extension talks with Haaland’s camp. Meanwhile, the former Crystal Palace chairman turned pundit shed more light on why Real Madrid is a better choice.

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Simon Jordan, former Crystal Palace chairman, in an interview, compared Manchester City and Real Madrid to Red Bull and Ferrari. He got into the details of the issue to make his point clear. The conclusion of his statement came across as a shock to the fans.

Simon Jordan in his interview with talkSPORT shares his opinion as he gives the examples of Red Bull and Ferrari, he said, “The question is this I maintain the view that there are Ferraris in this world and there are Red Bulls and Manchester City achievements are remarkable but their imagery in the minds of players is still in the Red Bull territory.”

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Jordan was further asked if he thinks winning the UCL three consecutive times like Real Madrid will allow them to join the Ferrari territory. To this Jordan replied, “The only thing that’s going to arrest Manchester City is when Guardiola decides that he’s no longer going to manage that football club because at this moment in time, where they are, and so they should be, they’ve got the best manager in World soccer, they’ve got the best center forward in World soccer, they’ve got the most money in World soccer“.

To secure their star player, City is doing what’s logical. They are extending Haaland’s contract. And should this happen, it will be a big blow for La Liga giants Real Madrid.

City plans to extend Erling Haaland’s stay in Manchester

Manchester City is engaged in negotiations with Erling Haaland and his representatives to secure a contract extension. Having completed a remarkable first season and now into the second campaign with City, Haaland’s incredible performance record has set European records ablaze. He was also instrumental to their treble last season.

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With the goal of thwarting Real Madrid’s ambitions to sign the young sensation, City is determined to retain Haaland’s services. His current contract’s duration spans until June 2027. City, with the contract, wants to ensure that Haaland spends his prime years in the club.

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City’s strategy to deter Real Madrid hinges on capitalizing on Haaland’s increasing market value. By extending his stay in Manchester, they aim to maximize the potential transfer fee. This will guarantee substantial returns on their initial investment. This move underscores City’s commitment to both Haaland’s development and their long-term competitive aspirations in European football.

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City’s handling of Haaland’s situation shows they value him not just as a player but as a cornerstone of their future success. Meanwhile, Guardiola and his team will keep their focus on Arsenal, who they face next in the Premier League.

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Neil Banerjee

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Neil Banerjee is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a background in media studies, he possesses a deep appreciation for the intricacies, the strategies and the awe-inspiring nature of the beautiful game, firmly believing that a variety of factors underpin each match. As a devoted Chelsea fan, Neil's passion extends to diving into the stories that surround the club and finding intriguing narratives.
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Rohan Karnad