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Benzema could shed light on World Cup ouster, issues with Deschamps – report

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The biggest gossip to come out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December was the alleged feud between Karim Benzema and Didier Deschamps.

Widely regarded as the leader of the French attack, especially after the Ballon d’Or triumph, Benzema was sent home from Qatar after an injury, even though it was not serious.

Reports have suggested that the Real Madrid captain could have been back in action by the time France played their Ro16 tie. It led to the speculation that everything was not okay between manager Deschamps and him, which ultimately led to his departure.

Benzema, too, subsequently announced his retirement from international football.

And now, if reports from RMC Sport (h/t GOAL) are to be believed, it appears the former Lyon starlet could speak out to the media, in order to explain his version of the story of what went down in the national team camp.

Benzema, who has almost 100 caps for Les Bleus, not only had issues with Deschamps, but some of the players within the France camp were allegedly against him being present in the side.

Should the striker decide to give an account of the matter publicly, it would be akin to a bombshell. It must be noted that while Benzema announced his retirement from international football, Deschamps received a new contract with France until 2026.

The Real Madrid captain’s desire to gain closure to the World Cup mess is hardly surprising as the constant speculations are likely to have an impact.

The veteran forward still has too much football left in him, though. Even as his contract expires at the end of the season, the forward is likely to renew and spearhead the Real Madrid frontline for at least another year, before someone like Endrick or even a new signing comes in to replace the Frenchman.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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