After picking up an injury vs RCD Mallorca, Karim Benzema’s involvement in the El Clasico on the weekend was put into question. Ferland Mendy, too, has been ruled out, owing to injury.
It was reported yesterday that Benzema could still make it back in time for the game, but according to Sergio Quirante, the Frenchman missed training today. He did not train alone, either, which makes his participation a doubt till the last moment.
The striker is among the best players this season, with 33 goal involvements across the league, and an additional 12 across the Copa del Rey, Supercup Espana, and the Champions League.
Real Madrid would be in two minds about risking Benzema at this point of the season because the risk of aggravating his injury could put him in doubt for the Champions League quarter-final clash vs Chelsea two weeks later.
On the other hand, if they lost the El Clasico, it could put them within seven points of Sevilla with just nine games left in the league season.
That said, it is probably too early to make a call about his participation. The test results are still positive, but missing training is definitely not a good sign.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.