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Injury update: Real Madrid set to receive massive boost ahead of Cadiz clash

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Karim Benzema had the season of his life last campaign, winning the Champions League and La Liga, while scoring 42 goals and giving 14 assists across the two competitions. He was awarded the European Player of the Year award along with the Ballon d’Or for his exploits.

However, all those achievements came with a tax, as the Frenchman had to play around 50 games across all competitions. Unsurprisingly, after a season as tedious as that, Benzema has faced several injury issues during 2022/23.

He has already missed eight games due to injury, and is not in the squad for the clash against Rayo Vallecano today. However, according to DAZN, the Madrid captain is set to make a return against Cadiz.

It is important to note that the Cadiz clash is the last in the calendar for Madrid before the World Cup commences, and any injury to Benzema during that game could put his contention under serious threat.

There have been reports stating that several players – Benzema included -, are trying to avoid playing any more club games to stay fit for the WC. However, Carlo Ancelotti gave a definitive response against this in his pre-game press conference, saying:

“Are we not risking Benzema because of the World Cup? No, no. We look at the facts and the facts say Benzema cannot play.”

Los Blancos are in desperate need of a win today as Barcelona have overtaken them in La Liga standings following their 2-0 win against Almeria at the Camp Nou. Any slip-up here could be detrimental to the title race.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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