Brahim Diaz has said that he is not putting much thought behind his future with Real Madrid, adding that he is currently enjoying his life on loan at AC Milan and is only focused on the games to come.
Diaz, 23, joined Real Madrid in January 2019 for a fee reported to be around €17 million. Signing a six-and-a-half-year contract, the attacking midfielder moved to Milan on a two-year loan deal in 2021 after having already completed the 2020/21 season on loan with the Serie A giants.
The Spaniard has so far played ten games across all competitions for Milan, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
One of those two strikes came against Juventus over the weekend which led to his team beating the Turin-based club 2-0 as they continue to chase table-toppers Napoli in the league.
Diaz has been excellent for Milan this season, but it is still difficult to see him getting regular minutes once he returns to Madrid at the end of the season.
Hence, in an interview on SER’s ‘Carrusel Canalla‘ (h/t AS), the 23-year-old explained his current state of mind with regard to his future at Real Madrid.
“Now I’m focused on Milan. What happens later, will happen later,” explained the former Manchester City midfielder.
“The future will be seen, we don’t know what can happen tomorrow, I’m at Milan and I want to perform and give 100%. The fans love me a lot. I’m at a great club and I’m focused on the next game and focused on Milan,” he explained.
While his goal against Juventus was only his second strike of the season, what appeared to have caught everyone’s attention was his celebration. The 23-year-old enjoyed his goal with a Lionel Messi-esque celebration as he pulled off his shirt and held it towards the crowd.
Talking about it, he said, “We had to win and that’s how it was done. Did I celebrate like Messi? No, no, I celebrated it like that out of emotion. It was not planned.”
Lastly, Diaz was asked about which team he would support when Inter Milan take on Barcelona at Spotify Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. He dodged the question by simply saying, ‘may the best win’.
“I had this one ready for me. They are great teams with great players. May the best win,” he concluded.
“Even Cristiano could not stand the training that he does” – Personal trainer praises Benzema
Karim Benzema will not be a part of the Real Madrid squad traveling to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup this week. He will remain in the Spanish capital in order to recover from the muscular injury he suffered during the game against Valencia.
In light of his injury, Benzema’s personal trainer Javier Atalaya spoke to the media (h/t Mundo Deportivo), confirming that the forward is getting better every day and is recovering well from the knock.
“We are calm with Benzema because it is not a serious injury. Karim is getting better every day. He is at home, having nothing to do, and he goes down to the gym to train,” Atalaya said. “The Frenchman’s mentality is to improve every day”.
Atalaya, who was also the personal trainer of Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Real Madrid, added that some of Benzema’s training sessions even surpass that of Ronaldo.
“Even Cristiano could not stand the training that Benzema does,” said Atalaya, who has worked closely with a variety of top players across Europe.
Benzema, who has retired from international football following a row with the French national team during the World Cup, has had struggles with his fitness this season. He has missed a number of matches in La Liga, which has led to Real Madrid’s inconsistency in the league.
But Los Blancos will be hoping to have the Frenchman back as soon as possible, especially ahead of a crucial UEFA Champions League knockout round encounter against Liverpool.
In the meantime, Real Madrid will focus on the FIFA Club World Cup this week, with the European champions set to take on Al Ahly in the semifinal in Rabat this evening.
Rodrygo, who has recently professed his desire to win the Club World Cup, is expected to deputise for the injured Benzema in the coming matches.