There has been a bit of confusion surrounding the future of Karim Benzema lately. The forward was expected to sign a renewal at Real Madrid until 2024. But the player is now considering a potential move away from Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
The speculations linking Benzema with an exit from Real Madrid came shortly after he received a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, worth up to €200 million for two years, along with other benefits, including the creation of schools for children.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the offer from Saudi Arabia came last week, just before the game against Sevilla.
Real Madrid were quick to figure out that the forward is considering taking up the offer instead of continuing at Santiago Bernabeu. It must be mentioned that there have been a few questions raised over Benzema’s fitness and commitment to the team this season.
But those questions have mostly been quashed by the club and its coaching staff, who are keen on keeping hold of Benzema. The player is currently discussing his future with his camp and family.
Real Madrid have been informed of the situation and are still ready to offer him a contract extension until 2024, should the Frenchman opt to stay at the Bernabeu for one more year.
Benzema’s potential exit, though, could force the club to go after a new striker in the upcoming summer transfer window. They have been linked with a move for Tottenham superstar Harry Kane, but negotiating with Daniel Levy is proving to be an obstacle.
Real Madrid, therefore, will prefer Benzema to stay till 2024 when the club are expected to go after either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.
Real Madrid starlet will not return from injury till November – reports
Life at Real Madrid has gotten off to a rather torrid start for Turkish starlet Arda Guler, who has already faced a large number of setbacks since singing for Los Blancos.
Aged just 18, the winger-slash-midfielder has already picked up seven injuries in his senior career, which is cause for serious concern, especially since a couple of them have affected his ligaments – which is always bad news.
Hotly-tipped to be an exciting addition to the Madrid squad going forward, the youngster had to drop out of their pre-season tour early due to a meniscus injury.
This was treated conservatively, but after that did not yield good results, he had to undergo a procedure and seemed set to make the squad against Las Palmas, before another injury setback.
According to Diario AS, the new problem can keep him out for three weeks to a month, which means his Real Madrid debut may have to wait till early November, after the first El Clasico of the season on 28th October.
Guler’s history of fitness problems
In their report, AS also state that the Turkish teenager seems to have a propensity for injuries, accumulating seven of them in his career already.
There is also word going around that his recovery from this meniscus issue was rushed and not handled adequately.
That, combined with a stroke of bad luck means Real Madrid have to be very mindful of how Guler is reintegrated into the squad going forward.
This new injury is reportedly a thigh problem which will also need to be treated with caution.
A special recovery plan
Carlo Ancelotti stated before and after the Las Palmas clash that the plan was for Guler to have some minutes against the Canary Islanders, but he said that genetics, luck and a lack of sharpness have a big part to play in this relapse.
The Italian manager did say that this issue is not as serious, but all signs indicate that there is an urgent need to work on the youngster’s conditioning.
AS thus say that a specific plan has been devised since the summer to enhance Guler’s fitness and his resistance.
This is a programme that is reportedly similar to the one Rodrygo followed when he arrived from Brazil, much thinner than he is today, but without having sacrificed his football qualities.