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Benzema issues update on his fitness ahead of the World Cup: “I’ll be ready”



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The Ballon d’Or is the highest individual honour a player can receive in the world of football. The title declares the individual as the best player in the world for that season, and it is no surprise that Karim Benzema was given the same for the 2021-22 season.

The Frenchman has always been open about his love for Lyon, the team he began his career at, and has even opened the doors to finishing his career at the club before. Needless to say, it was his deep desire to show off his award to the Lyon faithful, and he did so on Friday before the Ligue 1 side’s clash against Nice.

The striker spoke shortly after presenting his Ballon d’Or to the Lyon faithful, first thanking his current club Real Madrid for granting him the chance to show off his trophy at his childhood club.

“Thank you to Real Madrid for allowing me to make this dream come true. Thus, I had the opportunity to thank Lyon, the team where my heart has been in since childhood,” he said (h/t AS).

He then opened up about the truth behind missing Real Madrid’s last three games before the FIFA World Cup, shutting any rumours of a conspiracy.

“The World Cup is just around the corner. I had minor injuries but I’ll be ready mentally and physically by the 22nd.“

“Winning the world Cup? It would be one of the best birthday gifts. Each game will be a final. We have a very good group, we are going game by game,” he added.

Benzema is now set to join the French National Team and defend the Word Champion title in Qatar starting next week. Les Bleus have been drawn alongside Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D and are one of the favourites once again to win it all.

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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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