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Dani Alves reacts to Karim Benzema masterclass vs PSG: “What a player”

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Real Madrid delivered a sucker punch to Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of securing the UEFA Champions League title this season, with Karim Benzema delivering a performance for the ages.

Despite leading by an aggregate of two goals at half-time, Les Parisiens crumbled to the Real Madrid onslaught in the second half, as Benzema netted a quickfire hat-trick to overturn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

The 3-1 victory at Santiago Bernabeu was enough for Los Blancos to book tickets for the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Reacting to the win, FC Barcelona veteran Dani Alves praised Benzema’s performance on his Instagram account, hailing the Frenchman for his brilliance on the night.

Alves put out a story, with the caption: “I don’t care if he is from Madrid, but what a player, what a player Benzema is. I love this game.”

Alves was simply one of many to congratulate Benzema on the night, for his marvellous attacking display against PSG. It serves as a testament to the success the Frenchman has garnered at Real Madrid, especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since the start of the 2018/19 campaign, the 34-year-old has racked up 117 goals in all competitions. It led to him being one of the favourites in last year’s Ballon d’Or, with the striker finishing only behind Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho.

As we head towards the final phase of the campaign, Benzema’s contributions in front of the goal could be even more significant, especially in Real Madrid’s bid to secure the league title and reclaim the UEFA Champions League crown.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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