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Erling Haaland ‘prefers to wait and see’ as Manchester City contract decision waits in the wings



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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland is once again at the centre of media reports from Spain speculating his longer-term future at the Etihad Stadium.

The 23-year-old, who made his first start in almost two months against Brentford in west London on Monday evening, missed 11 successive matches for Pep Guardiola’s side due to a foot injury.

Haaland scored 52 goals in 53 appearances for Manchester City last season, although his long-term future at the Etihad Stadium continues to be subject to scrutiny, amid interest from Real Madrid.

The Norway international chose to sign for City from Borussia Dortmund in 2022, rejecting offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in favour of a move to the Premier League.

Haaland’s incredible start to life at the Etihad Stadium has led to potential contract extension talks, with Manchester City preparing to reward the striker for such an impressive 18 months at the club.

The long-term future of the 23-year-old and potential contract extension talks could be complicated by Real Madrid’s latest pursuit of Kylian Mbappé however, with the Frenchman’s potential summer move to Santiago Bernabeu reportedly set to impact Haaland’s future plans.

According to the information of Spanish newspaper AS, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, Haaland is waiting to see the developments around Paris Saint-Germain’s superstar forward Mbappé and his future away from the French capital.

Simultaneously, the report emphasises that the Norwegian forward is happy at Manchester City, although his future at the club is closely linked to the future of Pep Guardiola. Haaland’s current agreement runs until the summer of 2027.

AS claim that City have already ‘started contacts’ to renew his contract with an improved salary, while Haaland himself is said to be aware that it will ‘make more sense’ to talk to his current employers about a renewal if Real Madrid sign Kylian Mbappe.

From the part of Erling Haaland’s agent Rafaela Pimenta, the newspaper claims that she would want to leave a clause in place for the Norway international to leave Manchester City, should he sign a fresh deal with the club.

Haaland will be looking to score his first goal since November this weekend, when Manchester City host Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Guardiola’s side able to move to the top of the Premier League table with a victory.

The striker jointly-leads the Premier League Golden Boot race despite not netting since a 1-1 with Liverpool in late November.