To say that Karim Benzema is single-handedly deciding Real Madrid’s season would not be unjustified. The Frenchman has been on a different level this season and continues going to higher peaks.
A second-half hat-trick from the forward helped Los Blancos pull off an incredible comeback against PSG in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.
Yet, Benzema did not stop there. He once again scored three goals past Chelsea yesterday to put his side in the driver’s seat in the quarterfinals.
Benzema spoke to L’Equipe after the game, and commented on his impact on the team and Cristiano Ronaldo amongst other topics.
When asked about his incredible performances for the club and what it means to him, Benzema said, “I know I’m a Real Madrid legend.”
Zinedine Zidane has been an integral part of Real Madrid, both as player and coach. It was under the French manager that Benzema took his game and numbers to the next level. “Zidane is family for me,” commented Benzema.
A lot has been said about how Benzema was subdued at the club by Cristiano Ronaldo. The popular opinion is that the striker could have many more goals to his name in the Portuguese international’s absence.
However, the Frenchman instantly rejected any such claims and reaped praise on his former teammate. Speaking about Ronaldo, he said, “People talk about how much I helped Cristiano, but he really helped me a lot too. He’s the player who gave me the most assists.”
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.