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Sheikh Mansour denies bid to buy Real Madrid

Source close to Man City owner says reports are 'unfounded and lacking in credibility'.

Sheikh Mansour denies bid to buy Real Madrid
CITY OWNER: Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has denied any interest in Real Madrid. (Getty Images)

A source close to Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has denied reports the owner of Manchester City is in talks to buy the Spanish club Real Madrid.

According to the official news agency WAM, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed is not involved in a billion-euro deal to buy the La Liga giants, reported in Spanish newspaper AS.

The source described the information as “unfounded and totally lacking in credibility.”

They went on to say: “Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed is currently focusing all his efforts and attention on upgrading Manchester City and pushing it towards the goal of taking its place amongst the United Kingdom's top clubs.”

Man City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at the Molineux Stadium on Monday evening, with Carlos Tevez scoring twice.

Real Madrid has some of the world’s highest profile players on their books including the former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The source added that Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed particularly appreciated Real Madrid's experience and he was a great supporter of the twinning agreement that was signed in 2005 between the world-class Spanish club and Abu Dhabi's Al Jazira Club, of which he is President.

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