While most of the players from Real Madrid away on international duties, the select few who have remained at the club trained with the Castilla squad at the Valdebebas training ground today.
However, as Mundo Deportivo reports club captain Karim Benzema and versatile star Lucas Vazquez did not train with the rest of the group and still continued their recovery in the indoor facilities.
Benzema picked up an injury in the UEFA Champions League outing against Celtic two weeks ago and has since missed three matches for Los Blancos, including the Madrid derby against Atletico this past weekend.
As for Vazquez, he got injured in the La Liga clash versus RCD Mallorca around ten days back and has not played since either.
While Benzema made a push to try and return for the derby, the French striker and the coaching staff ultimately decided not to rush things with his recovery considering that he is the only recognised senior striker on the club’s books at the moment.
Both Benzema and Vazquez are yet to fully recover from their ailments but are still expected to be available for Real Madrid’s next game against Osasuna on October 2.
In the absence of their club captain, Real Madrid have coped fairly well, with Rodrygo Goes stepping in and taking up the mantle of operating as the No. 9.
The Brazilian has formed a fine partnership with compatriot Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde, and the trio was key to Real Madrid’s 2-1 win against Atletico, which ensured that they remained at the top of the La Liga standings.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.