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Benzema has cut off all contact with France national team camp after injury – report



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If the developments of the past week are anything to go by, it is clear that the relationship between Karim Benzema and the French national team are souring fast. The friction between the two parties has existed for a while now, but Didier Deschamps’ premature decision to remove Benzema from the World Cup squad has catalysed the process.

According to reports from L’Equipe, Benzema has cut off all contact with the French staff since his injury. He wanted to stay with the squad and see how his condition evolved but the management, including Dr Franck Le Gall, did not see the point in him staying.

As it turned out, the striker made a speedy recovery and was completely fit by the time France navigated through the group stage. He could have been part of the team’s starting lineup as early as the clash against Poland and is undeniably hurt by the way his situation was handled.

Les Bleus have reached the final of the World Cup regardless and still boast of one of the world’s most lethal forward lines. Yet, one cannot deny that the Ballon d’Or winner would have taken the team to the next level.

France face Argentina in the final later today, and Benzema could have a word or two to say if his countrymen falter at the final step without him. After all, Deschamps refused to even comment on his possible inclusion in the press conference earlier this week.

Real Madrid would not have objected to the veteran travelling to Qatar to participate in the final, given that his name is still registered as a member of the squad.

The decision to stay away from the camp is Benzema’s himself, with the centre-forward reportedly declining an invitation from France President Emmanuel Macron to attend the final along with other players like N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Christopher Nkunku.

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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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