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France manager shuts down Benzema World Cup return talks

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France manager Didier Deschamps has seemingly ruled out any possibility of Karim Benzema making a shock return to the FIFA World Cup 2022 following his injury earlier this month.

The 34-year-old Real Madrid captain was initially part of the France squad for the World Cup in Qatar. However, a thigh injury saw him get ruled out of contention for the showpiece tournament.

Recent reports, however, indicated that Benzema was close to completing his recovery and could thus make a surprise return to France’s World Cup camp should he become fully fit.

However, Deschamps, speaking in a press conference ahead of the world champions’ final group game against Tunisia, has insisted that such a possibility is something he is not giving a thought to at this point in time.

“It’s not something I’m thinking about now. I spoke to Benzema after he left the training camp. I leave it to you if you want to have a debate about it, the France manager said (h/t Andres Onrubia).

Benzema is currently away at the Reunion Islands on a vacation, where he will spend the next few days before returning to Madrid to join Los Blancos’ training ahead of the resumption of the second half of the season.

Having won the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d’Or this year, Benzema could have rounded off 2022 with a possible World Cup triumph as well. But the injury has deprived him of that opportunity.

The Frenchman will focus on recovering completely to help Real Madrid retain their La Liga and Champions League crowns, while the Merengues will also be looking to go the distance in the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Meanwhile, Deschamps also commented on the possibility of using Benzema’s Real Madrid teammate Eduardo Camavinga as a left-back against Tunisia, saying: “Camavinga can play on the left side, he even played central defense if we review his history.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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