According to information from “The Athletic”, the English football champions Manchester City are preparing a new contract for striker Erling Haaland after less than a season.

City want to reward the 22-year-old Norwegian, who has scored 47 goals in 40 games in all competitions, for his outstanding first season in Manchester. An exit clause from Haaland’s current contract is said to have already been lifted.

According to the clause, Haaland, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2022, could have left the club in the summer of 2024 for the stipulated transfer fee of £150m (€170m). However, the clause was directly linked to manager Pep Guardiola’s future at the Cityzens and was scrapped when the manager extended his own contract until 2025 last November.

The exact terms of Haaland’s contract are not known, nor whether other exit clauses will apply in the future. However, according to Wednesday’s “Athletic” report, Man City absolutely want to bind Haaland in the long term. The club is therefore convinced that Haaland is also open to new discussions. A move to his dream club Real Madrid is apparently not an issue for him at the moment.