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Benzema talks following his Chelsea hattrick: “I know I’m a Real Madrid legend”

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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.”

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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