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Carlo Ancelotti avoids Erling Haaland switch stories; calms Actual Madrid’s El Clasico harm fears

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Carlo Ancelotti refused to be drawn on stories linking Actual Madrid with a transfer for Erling Haaland as he appeared to calm fears that key gamers Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois may miss subsequent week’s El Clasico conflict with Barcelona.

Haaland, 22, is off to a flying begin to the season after becoming a member of Manchester Metropolis in the summertime. He has scored 14 objectives in eight Premier League video games, together with a hat trick in Sunday’s Manchester derby, and 5 extra within the Champions League.

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Stories in Spain this week recommended {that a} clause in Haaland’s five-year contract at Metropolis would permit him to hitch Madrid in 2024.

“I do not speak about Haaland,” Ancelotti mentioned, bluntly, when requested concerning the ahead in his Friday information convention forward of Madrid’s LaLiga sport at Getafe.

Haaland was linked with Madrid — in addition to a string of different prime golf equipment — earlier than Metropolis received the race to signal him from Borussia Dortmund, along with his father and agent visiting the membership’s Valdebebas coaching floor for talks in April 2021.

Madrid ultimately opted not an indication a centre-forward this summer season after lacking out on Kylian Mbappe, backing Karim Benzema, 34, to ship for an additional season.

Benzema has began the marketing campaign with harm issues and missed coaching on Friday.

Ancelotti mentioned he might be rested in opposition to Getafe, with the high-profile sport in opposition to Barcelona — degree on factors with Madrid on the prime of the desk — to come back subsequent weekend.

“He performed two video games in a row (in opposition to Osasuna and Shakhtar Donetsk) after being out for a month,” Ancelotti mentioned. “He is a bit drained. However he is not dominated out, if he is okay tomorrow, he may play.”

“He had the harm that held him again a bit, however he appears to be like like the identical Karim as at all times,” he added. “We aren’t nervous. He would possibly relaxation in opposition to Getafe, we do not wish to threat him.”

Ancelotti mentioned that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was anticipated to return in opposition to Barcelona, after lacking this week’s video games with a sciatic nerve downside.

“He is bettering, his irritation has gone down,” Ancelotti mentioned. “We’ll must see if travelling to Warsaw [to play Shakhtar on Tuesday] is the perfect thought. However I feel he’ll play within the Clasico.”

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