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Benzema furious over false accusations of him prioritising World Cup over Real Madrid

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Over the past few weeks, Karim Benzema has been struggling with niggling injury woes and has missed a string of matches for Real Madrid.

Earlier today, manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the 34-year-old will miss the club’s final La Liga game before the FIFA World Cup break against Cadiz.

It has given way to speculation that the Real Madrid superstar, who won the Ballon d’Or earlier this year, is avoiding making a return to action in order to avoid risking an injury ahead of the World Cup.

And this has seemingly not gone down all too well with Benzema. Indeed, as per Jose Luis Sanchez, the 34-year-old superstar is furious about the false accusations as he has been working hard to return to fitness and help his Real Madrid teammates but has been unable to do so.

It is claimed that the Ballon d’Or 2022 winner continues to suffer from muscular discomfort that is keeping him out of action.

Benzema has already missed as many as eight matches for Real Madrid across all competitions this season, including each of their last three in La Liga. In the 12 matches he has played, the Los Blancos’ skipper has netted six goals and set up one more.

Benzema’s absence has coincided with a dodgy run of form for Real Madrid, which has seen them win just one of their previous four games in all competitions, with Barcelona taking a five-point lead over them at the top of La Liga.

It must be noted that Benzema was not part of France’s FIFA World Cup 2018 triumph as he was serving an international ban with Les Bleus at the time. And given his age, this upcoming World Cup could very well be his final one.

So, it would be understandable that he is intent on making it to the tournament in Qatar. However, doubting his professionalism and suspecting he is prioritising the World Cup over Real Madrid matches is not the right way to go about things.

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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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