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Deschamps made the call to send Benzema home from France’s World Cup camp – report

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France failed to become the first-ever national team to defend the FIFA World Cup since Brazil achieved the feat in 1962, as they lost to Argentina in the final on Sunday evening.

It was a disappointing performance from Didier Deschamps’ side and on occasions, it almost looked like the game was being played between Kylian Mbappe and Argentina.

In fact, Les Bleus made such a dire start to the match that the manager was forced into withdrawing his main striker Olivier Giroud and starting winger Ousmane Dembele just 40 minutes into the contest.

In the aftermath, there have been questions asked about the French camp deciding to send Karim Benzema home after his injury.

Now, Melchor Ruiz of COPE is reporting that the decision to ask Benzema to leave the French national team camp was made by Deschamps himself even though he could have taken time to see if the striker can recover from the thigh injury he picked up.

Furthermore, the update from Melchor Ruiz also states that the Real Madrid superstar had, in fact, recovered five days after his injury, meaning that the striker could have been ready for France’s run in the knockout stages or possibly even a bit earlier than that.

But Deschamps made the call to ask Benzema to leave the national team camp and now reports suggest that the relationship between the two is completely ruptured.

The striker, who celebrates his 35th birthday today, is said to have cut off ties completely with the national team camp following his early departure from Qatar.

With the World Cup drama all behind though, Benzema will be focusing on staying fit and healthy for the second half of the season. Real Madrid will resume their campaign with a trip to Estadio Jose Zorrilla where they face Real Valladolid, with their captain expected to start.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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