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Benzema raring to go when Real Madrid face Osasuna: “I want to play on Sunday”

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Kicking off the new season on fire with five goals in seven total matches, Karim Benzema’s positive start was brought to a halt after he suffered a knee injury against Celtic in a Champions League group stage tie.

Since then, the Frenchman has missed games against the likes of RCD Mallorca, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid, as Real Madrid have maintained their winning streak so far this season.

The club captain is nearing full recovery and returned to normal training with his teammates earlier today. And he has now expressed his desire to play against CA Osasuna this weekend.

“I’m pleased to be back with the team. It’s been some time and I’ve had time to do a pre-season. I’m feeling very good, comfortable. I want to play on Sunday”. he said speaking to the club’s official media.

The 34-year-old also gave an update on his fitness, and why the talismanic striker now believes he is fully ready to do what he does best.

“I have done a lot of physical work. I have not touched the ball. Today was my first training session. These days I did a lot of running and strength training inside the facilities. I also trained at home,” he said.

“I have done a lot of catching up because as I arrived late from the holidays, I have not had time to do a lot of pre-season.”

Ahead of a busy schedule in October, the veteran also emphasised how each and every game remains crucial, as every side has their sights set on pulling off an upset against the most in-form team in Europe.

“We have to continue. In our heads, we know that we have to win every game. Every game is important. Every team wants to beat Real Madrid, but we’re fine and ready to continue,” he insisted.

Discussing Los Merengues’ prospects in the 2022/23 campaign, he said: “I have seen the team very well, perfect. I have seen them full of victories, goals and character. We have a great team although it can be said that we have two teams.

“There is no difference between the people who start the game and those who enter with the game already started. I see the team very well.”

While Carlo Ancelotti’s side have adjusted perfectly to Benzema’s absence, he remains the side’s undeniable best player and biggest leader.

Just last season, not a soul can suggest that a single player in Europe outdid the legendary striker’s performances throughout the course of the term.

The hope remains that Benzema makes a return on the pitch against Osasuna and spearheads Real Madrid to yet another fruitful season.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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