Florentino Perez explains why Real Madrid did not sign Erling Haaland

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has explained that the club did not try to sign Erling Haaland as he would not have been able to displace Karim Benzema from the starting lineup.

Haaland was linked with a move to Real for some time, but the Norwegian instead agreed a deal with Premier League champions Manchester City.

Los Blancos also missed out on long-term target Kylian Mbappe this summer, with the Frenchman opting to pen fresh terms with PSG.

Despite failing to secure either of these marquee signings, Perez insisted that he was unconcerned. Having already stated that Mbappe was ‘forgotten’, the president has now claimed that Haaland would have been an unwise signing.

“We have the best nine in the world and we weren’t going to bring in Haaland to have him on the bench, right?” Perez to El Chiringuito. “We have no interest now other than to build the new team with the youngsters we have and some reinforcement.”