Erling Haalands release clause at Manchester City will only come into force when Pep Guardiolas contract at the Etihad Stadium comes to an end in the summer of 2025
Erling Haalands release clause at Manchester City has been delayed by a year to coincide with the end date ofPep Guardiolascontract extension.
Guardiola, whose previous deal was due to expire at the end of this season,put pen to paper on a two-year contract extensionin November. That ensures that the Catalan will remain in theCityhot seat through to the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
It has emerged that the extension of Guardiolas stay in Manchester is tied into the future ofHaaland, as a key element of the Norwegian strikers contract was dependent upon the renewal of the coach.
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Haaland signed a five-year deal with City last summer. However, this had a large caveat that a release clause worth €200million (175.5m) would come into force before the halfway point of that contract.
As reported byThe Athletic,that clause was due to kick-in at the end of the 2023/24 campaign Haalands second season in Manchester. Fresh reports suggest that Guardiolas new contract through to the summer of 2025 will delay that clause being triggered by a further 12 months, to coincide with the managers contractual end date.
A report on Catalunya Radio on Thursday, as detailed by Spanish outletMarca, has outlined how Guardiolas deal was directly linked to Haalands release clause. Such news is likely to come as a blow to clubs likeReal MadridandBarcelona, who are eyeing the Norwegians contractual situation.
Erling Haalands release clause is linked to Pep Guardiolas Manchester City contract
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Haaland put in a virtuoso performance asCity destroyed RB Leipzig 7-0in Tuesdays last-16 second leg in theChampions League.
The striker whose five goals came within a devastating 35-minute spell already had a hat-trick by half-time; a penalty, a close-range finish stemming from his pressing of the goalkeeper and a scrappy third after Leipzig had cleared the ball off the line. Two more close-range finishes furthered the pain for the visitors, either side of Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne goals.
Haaland was substituted off in the 62nd minute of the match, denying him the opportunity to score a double hat-trick in the encounter. The Norwegianadmitted after the match he was frustrated at being taken offwith half an hour remaining.
Haalands remarkable five-goal haul ensured he moved beyond the 30-goal mark in the Champions League, becoming the youngest player in history to reach that milestone secured by his hat-trick strike just before the break.
He was aged 22 years and 236 days, which is 116 days younger than Kylian Mbappe was when the Frenchman reached the landmark.Lionel Messiwas aged 23 years and 131 days when he moved onto 30; a sign of the Norwegians remarkable ability.
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