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Benzema posts cryptic message on social media ahead of World Cup final

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Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema has hinted that he might not be attending the 2022 World Cup final where his side takes on Argentina at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday, December 18.

Benzema was ruled out of the world event even before it started due to a muscular ailment. And now that the forward has now recovered from the injury, there were rumours that he would return to the national team fold but as it turns out, it is not the case.

France coach Didier Deschamps avoided answering the question about calling up Benzema for the final, following their semi-final win over Morocco. 

“I don’t want to answer,” said the head coach. “Next question.”

It must be noted that Benzeman’s personal relationship with Deschamps is not really good. As reported before, the Les Bleus boss was left frustrated with the fact that the Real Madrid forward did not thank him during his Ballon d’Or acceptance speech earlier this year.

Meanwhile, France president Emmanuel Macron has invited all the first-team players who could not be a part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This includes Benzema, Paul Pogba and Christopher Nkunku, among others.

But with a post across his social media platforms, Benzema has dropped a huge hint that he might not be travelling to the venue, simply writing, “I’m not interested.”

This comes after reports emerged that France legend and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who is close with Benzema, had also turned down the invitation to attend the World Cup final in Qatar.

Benzema has been struggling with injuries since the beginning of the 2022/23 season, but he made his return when Madrid took part in a 60-minute friendly encounter against Leganes on Thursday.

And now that he has enough minutes in his tank, it is understood that he is no longer feeling any discomfort and should ideally feature against Real Valladolid on December 30 when Madrid resume their La Liga action. 

Before that, however, the team from the capital city will also a friendly against Getafe on December 23.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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