While Real Madrid are set to miss club captain Karim Benzema for the all-important derby clash against Atletico Madrid, their midfield looks pretty much sorted, with Diario AS (via Madrid Xtra) claiming that Carlo Ancelotti is mostly like to prefer the trio of Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric.
As it turns out, the record European and La Liga champions do not really have major injury concerns apart from Benzema and Lucas Vazquez. This potentially means there are chances that the fans will see a similar attacking trio as they did against Leipzig in a 2-0 win.
In that regard, the aforementioned outlet also claims that Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde will occupy the front three spots.
In defence, with Vazquez missing, Dani Carvajal is likely to retain his place while a certain Eder Militao is expected to return as well. The Brazil international picked up an injury against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League, forcing him to miss his side’s next two games.
Like Militao, Benzema, too, had injured himself against Celtic while Vazquez, 31, was injured against Mallorca. The two players continued to train inside the facility while the rest of the squad did their drills on the field.
As far as Real’s midfield options are concerned, Eduardo Camavinga, who is a strong contender to win the Golden Boy 2022 award, is expected to lose his place. The 19-year-old was given the nod against RB Leipzig as Ancelotti decided to rest Toni Kroos.
As it turns out, the former Rennes midfielder didn’t do enough to convince the manager as he was subbed off minutes after the hour mark.
So, for now, the only change in the midfield during the Madrid derby from the Leipzig win is expected to be the inclusion of Kroos in place of Camavinga, while Tchouameni and Modric will continue to keep their places.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.