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Benzema not injured after being left out of the squad for Real Sociedad clash – report

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Real Madrid will be without their star forward Karim Benzema against Real Sociedad after the Frenchman was left out of the matchday squad for the La Liga game.

The 35-year-old has been in fine form late, having scored a hat-trick against Almeria in the previous outing, but his sudden exclusion posed several questions over the status of his fitness.

According to AS, however, although the star forward is not injured and Real Madrid have not issued any medical report regarding the same, the most likely explanation is that Carlo Ancelotti wants him to rest before the team takes on Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final and Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

The manager had hinted that the Frenchman was dealing with some fatigue yesterday, saying: “He was a little tired today, but if he’s okay, he can play.” 

But the manager has now decided against risking the club captain. Instead, the manager has included youngsters Nico Paz, Carlos Dotor, Sergio Arribas and Alvaro Rodriguez in the squad while Mariano Diaz is there as well. Interestingly enough, with Benzema out, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in attack.

Meanwhile, Benzema is not the only high-profile absentee from the fixture as Ancelotti is also going to be without Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr. The duo is set to sit out due to suspension.

On the other hand, veteran midfielder Luka Modric is still on the sidelines, recovering from his injury. All this means Ancelotti will have to make several adjustments to this starting lineup.

With both Benzema and Vinicius out, the Italian might as well opt to go with Eden Hazard or Federico Valverde alongside Marco Asensio and Rodrygo.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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