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Benzema remains a doubt for Real Madrid vs Cadiz, defender ruled out – report



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Real Madrid will play their final game in La Liga before the World Cup break on Thursday when they face Cadiz at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos are under immense pressure to turn things around after winning just one of their last four matches across all competitions. Their most recent game ended in a 3-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano which has left Carlo Ancelotti’s side trailing Barcelona by two points.

So, it is imperative that Real Madrid win their upcoming game in order to avoid the gap at the top getting wider.

However, according to journalist Carlos Rodriguez, Real Madrid will once again have to take the field without star defender Antonio Rudiger, while captain Karim Benzema also remains a major doubt for the contest.

Benzema’s situation has attracted a lot of controversy as he continues to miss out for Real Madrid with supposed muscle fatigue. The 34-year-old has not featured in any of the club’s last three league encounters, although he did participate briefly in the UCL clash vs Celtic.

Benzema did not take part in team training today either and could again miss the upcoming game against Cadiz.

As for Rudiger, the German defender is suffering from discomfort in the groin area, which led to him missing the defeat to Vallecano. And, according to the report, the former Chelsea ace will again be unavailable for Los Blancos for Thursday’s encounter.

It would mean that Rudiger will play for Real Madrid next only after the World Cup is out of the way.

There is some good news for Ancelotti & co. as Toni Kroos will be back after serving out his one-match suspension.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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