Karim Benzema’s injury has been a popular topic for discussion in Spain over the past few weeks. The Frenchman did not participate in any of Los Blancos’ last three games and had a minimal role even in the game against Celtic.
The striker departed from Madrid earlier this week and presented his Ballon d’Or in front of the fans of his former club Olympique Lyon a few days ago and is now set to the French National Team for the massive event ahead. Benzema spoke to Telefoot ahead of the World Cup and spoke about topics including his absence from Real Madrid’s games. Here are the takeaways from his interview.
On why he did not play the final last few games for Real Madrid: “I did not want to play if I wasn’t 100% and I had discomforts. But I will be ready for the World Cup, as I said I have taken care of myself.”
On returning to Lyon to present the Ballon d’Or: “Back in Lyon, I’m always proud. Every time I go back to my city I feel proud and happy.”
On whether he was worried about his participation in Qatar: “Was I worried about the World Cup? Never.”
On his recovery: “I have taken care of myself. I will be ready [for the World Cup]. No problem.”
On his fitness ahead of the World Cup: “I will be fit and present [for the first game].”
On whether Ronaldo had congratulated him on his award: “Ronaldo sent me a message after I won the Balon d’Or? No. Not yet.”
On his injury: “What my injury was? just a discomfort. I can play but not at 100%. I wanted to play at 100%. I worked well physically so no worries.”
On his dream of winning the Ballon d’Or: “I didn’t want to quit football until I won the Balon d’Or.”
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.