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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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Turkish giants to go all-out to sign Real Madrid outcast – report

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There is no way back for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. The Belgian international has not given the management any reason to have faith in his abilities over his past four seasons at the club and is unsurprisingly the most important departure for the Merengues in the summer.

Hazard has one more year on his contract in Madrid. However, it is clear that Carlo Ancelotti does not trust him and that any potential replacement manager in the summer will echo his stance.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Fenerbahce are willing to go all out to sign Hazard this summer. The Turkish side have made the former Chelsea their prime target, yet face a steep task ahead of them.

The 32-year-old is hellbent on seeing out his contract with Los Blancos despite seeing his career sink right before his eyes. It thus becomes complicated for the party to lure away the forward, especially in a competition outside Europe’s top five leagues.

Fenerbahce attempted to sign the winger in the recently concluded winter transfer market. They reached an agreement with Real Madrid but failed to get over the line as they could not convince the player of the move.

The biggest obstacle for the Turkish side will be convincing Hazard to make the move by letting go of his lucrative contract in Madrid. The chances are slim, but not impossible.

Hazard has made just three league appearances and one start for Ancelotti’s side this season in La Liga, a steep fall from last season’s 18 and seven respectively.

His last appearance for the team came back in January when Real Madrid faced Cacereno in the Copa del Rey. In La Liga however, he last played in September 2022 in a 4-1 win over Mallorca.

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