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Benzema unlikely to travel to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup final

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Even without some of their biggest names, the French National Team finds itself in the final of the World Cup for the second consecutive time and is just one win away from pulling off an unbelievable title defence.

Les Bleus have been of the best attacking sides in the competition and have found it relatively easy to score with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe leading the attack. Yet, one can only imagine what a step up it would have been had Karim Benzema been part of the team.

The player was initially called up as part of the team but later removed because of an unfortunate injury. Interestingly, the manager did not call up any backup, and Benzema’s name is still registered in the competition.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the Ballon d’Or winner will not attend his team’s final, either as player or spectator.

Despite having recovered from his injury quite a while ago, he does not intend to join the team and feels that the manager’s decision to send him home early was hasty.

Real Madrid will not object or pose any obstacles if Benzema wants to travel to Qatar for the final. The decision to avoid the game is entirely Benzema’s.

Benzema’s decision does not come as a big surprise, especially when one recollects Didier Deschamps’ reaction when asked if the legendary striker would be available for the final.

“I prefer not to answer. Come on, next question.”

MARCA is also reporting that the French Football Federation (FFF) has extended an invitation to Benzema to attend the World Cup final, not in a playing capacity. But at the moment, his presence is not confirmed and going by the report from MD, the striker has no plans to travel to Qatar.

Having returned to full fitness, Benzema took part in Real Madrid’s friendly against Leganes earlier today which ended in a 1-1 draw. The 34-year-old has scored five goals and provided one assist for Los Blancos this season. Further, he has averaged over two key passes and close to five shots per game.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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