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Ancelotti seeking a ‘high-profile’ signing for Real Madrid after Joselu – report

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Karim Benzema’s departure to Al-Ittihad has led to headaches within the Real Madrid camp as the club rush to find a proper replacement in the market.

However, Benzema is not the only striker Real Madrid must replace this summer. The club are also set to lose Mariano Diaz, who will leave the club as a free agent at the end of the month. Diaz’s exit could leave the club devoid of a secondary striker in the first team.

To that end, Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Joselu. Currently plying his trade with Getafe, Carlo Ancelotti is not opposed to the signing of the former Newcastle United frontman, reports Mario Cortegana.

Joselu, who has also played for clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt and Stoke City in the past, has scored an impressive 16 league goals this past season. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid viewing him as the ideal replacement for Mariano.

With a combined total of over 300 competitive appearances in the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premier League, Joselu does not lack any experience at the highest level. He is also a product of the Real Madrid academy, thus making him an ideal option for the club.

However, Cortegana adds that even though Ancelotti is not averse to the idea of signing Joselu, it appears the Real Madrid manager is seeking a more high-profile striker to replace Mariano this summer.

Ancelotti’s thoughts hardly come as a surprise, as Real Madrid have recently lost Benzema – their most reliable goalscorer since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although Los Blancos have targeted Harry Kane and even Randal Kolo Muani, there are no guarantees the new signings will come out all guns blazing from the very first week, as evidenced by the failures of Eden Hazard.

With that in mind, it is likely that Real Madrid will go after one more top-quality forward, even as the club close in on the capture of Joselu.

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  1. Samuel

    June 17, 2023 at 7:53 am

    If Real Madrid is not going to sign a high profile striker should forget about winning the league and continent trophies, it won’t be different from this season,

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Benzema talks Vinicius, Mbappe, Ballon d’Or, decision to leave Real Madrid

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Last Saturday marked a special moment for Real Madrid fans as Karim Benzema, the former captain and Ballon d’Or winner, made his return to Spain. 

This visit was his first in over a year and has generated significant excitement among his supporters. Benzema, now playing for Al Ittihad, was set to participate in a pre-season friendly match against Elche at Estadi Olímpic Camilo Cano.

The Al Ittihad team had been gearing up for the new season by holding training sessions in Benidorm, a well-known Spanish coastal town that is a favourite among tourists. 

This picturesque setting has provided a perfect backdrop for the team’s preparations, blending hard work with the beautiful scenery of the Mediterranean coast.

Benzema’s return to Spain is not just about playing one match. The 36-year-old striker is also set to face two of his old rivals in upcoming games. 

Al Ittihad has scheduled matches against Sevilla on July 26 and Real Betis on August 3. These encounters are highly anticipated, as Benzema has a long history with both clubs from his time in La Liga.

Real Madrid hold a special place

During a recent training session, Benzema took some time to sit down for an interview with MARCA, he shared his thoughts on his return to Spain and his enduring connection to Real Madrid. 

Real Madrid will have a special place in Karim Benzema’s life. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Benzema made it clear that, despite moving on to a new chapter in his career, Real Madrid will always hold a special place in his heart.

“[Last season was] spectacular, very good. Real Madrid are always the best team in the world. Players come and go, but Real Madrid will always be at the top, at the very top. It is the best and will continue to prove it,” he began saying.

“Joy. A lot,” said when asked about Madrid’s recent UEFA Champions League triumph. 

“It’s my team and I will always be on the side of Real Madrid and my teammates. It’s logical. Real Madrid is Real Madrid, something unique.”

Decision to leave Real Madrid

The 36-year-old forward left Real Madrid last year and when asked if he regrets he decision, he added,

“Some come and others go. It’s like that and it will always happen. It was the right moment. Of course, I look back and feel happy. 

“Last season they gave a sensation of power, of good football and that’s why they won the Champions League and the League. Today I don’t see any other team that can be better than Real Madrid,” he said.

Furthermore, when asked if there is any team capable of threatening Real Madrid, he said, 

“It’s the best team in the world. It’s always strong and fighting for everything. I stand there, look around and don’t see any team that’s capable of being better.”

Benzema picks Vini Jr for Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema says Vinicius Jr deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

This year’s race for the Ballon d’Or is going to heat up as multiple players have made the case for themselves. However, Benzema thinks that Vinicius must win the honour.

“Ballon d’Or? I’m going to say Vini because he deserves it for his season and not just for what he’s done this year, but also for what he’s done last year. 

“He was also above the rest with his football and what he does with the ball. He’s a kid, a complete footballer”

Speaking about Vinicius, he added, “He can win a game on his own, of course with the help of his teammates, but he is very good when Real Madrid needs him and that is why I think he deserves it. 

“He is always there and he always shows up. For all of that, my favourite is Vini.”

Benzema’s thoughts on Mbappe

Karim Benzema says Kylian Mbappe was destined for Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The 2023/24 season had no owner of the number 9 shirt at Real Madrid, but Mbappe’s arrival has now fulfilled that. Speaking about his compatriot’s move, Benzema explained,

“Sooner or later he will play for Real Madrid. I have always thought that and that is what has happened. He is a great player.”

Lastly, when asked about Madrid’s dominance and if they can repeat the success of last season, he said, 

“Of course, of course. Really. I just don’t see a team that can be better than Real Madrid. Really. They have everything. Players, coach and president.”

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