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Benzema speaks after comeback vs PSG: “Real Madrid are still alive, we never give up”

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A sensational Karim Benzema second half hat-trick saw Real Madrid turn around a dead fixture and knock Paris-Saint Germain out of the UEFA Champions League.

Los Blancos seemed to be outplayed for the majority of the first half but came together as a completely different side after the break to put up a performance for the ages.

In the process of scoring his hat-trick, Benzema became Real Madrid’s third-highest goalscorer after Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul. The Frenchman commented on this feat after the game, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano.

“I’m proud to be third best goalscorer in Real Madrid history but I won’t stop, I want to score again and again,” he said.

He then spoke about the never say “never” mentality in the team and made a special mention to the fans at the Bernabeu.

“Real Madrid are still alive and we’ll never give up. We’ve to say thanks to Real Madrid fans, they were special tonight.”

Carlo Ancelotti’s men displayed phenomenal character in the second half and proved to the world why they were one of the favourites to win it all. Despite Kylian Mbappe’s clinical night in front of goal, PSG had no way back into the fixture.

What was most remarkable was Real Madrid’s ability to score twice in two minutes. It was a lethal display in front of goal, especially from the French striker.

Ancelotti’s side are now through to the last eight in the competition. Alongside Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City, they are one of the favourites to go all the way.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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