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Benzema, Alaba to return to Real Madrid training next Saturday – report

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According to journalist Arancha Rodriguez (h/t RM4Arab), Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and David Alaba will return to the club next Saturday and rejoin training ahead of the resumption of the La Liga season later this month.

Benzema has not played for Los Blancos since the first week of November when he featured against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League. Having struggled with muscular discomfort, the Frenchman has missed a good number of matches for the club already.

While he looked set to recover in time for the FIFA World Cup, a thigh injury in training ruled him out of the France squad for the tournament in Qatar. Having returned to Madrid, Benzema soon departed to the Reunion Islands for a vacation.

With his recovery believed to be close to completion, Benzema is set to start training again with Carlo Ancelotti and the Real Madrid players who have not travelled to the World Cup starting next Saturday.

Benzema will be joined by defender David Alaba, who was also given an extended break even though his national team, Austria, are not participating in the World Cup.

But they did play two friendly matches against Andorra and Italy in November, with Alaba participating in both those matches. Hence, the versatile defender was also given a longer time off by manager Ancelotti.

The rest of the Real Madrid players who are not at the World Cup, such as Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, and Lucas Vazquez, among others, resumed training on December 1.

They will soon be joined by Benzema and Alaba, as well as Los Blancos’ stars who have been eliminated from the World Cup such as Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

The reigning La Liga champions resume the season with an away match against Real Valladolid on December 30. Real Madrid are trailing Barcelona in the table currently and will hope to restart the campaign on a winning note.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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