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Pep Guardiola dismissed reports of a release clause in Erling Haaland's contract after watching his star striker add another two goals to his season tally in the first half of Manchester City's 5-0 rout of FC Copenhagen.
Following on from Sunday's hat-trick against Manchester United, Haaland scored City's first two of the night before an own goal from David Khocholava and second-half strikes from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez.
Such was City's dominance that Guardiola could withdraw Haaland at half-time after seeing him score his 18th and 19th goals of the season for City.
Pep Guardiola denied claims Erling Haaland has a Real Madrid release clause in his contract
The day had started with reports in Spain that a clause in the 22-year-old's contract would give Real Madrid a free run at signing him as soon as 2024, but Guardiola said there was no truth to the report.
'It's not true,' the City boss said. 'He has not got a release clause for Real Madrid or any other team.
'The rumours and people talking, we cannot control it. I always worry about what we can control.
'What's important is he has adapted really well, we have the feeling he is happy here. We will try with him and all of them who want to stay to make them happy.
'In the future, nobody knows, but he is happy, he has settled perfectly, he is incredibly loved and this is the most important thing.'
Haaland has excelled since his £51m move to the Etihad this summer, scoring 19 goals already
Guardiola said the decision to replace Haaland with Cole Palmer at the break was not pre-planned, but with City already in cruise control with a 3-0 lead five minutes before the break, he took the opportunity to give him