According to a report by Jose Felix Diaz, as exclusively shared by RM4Arab, Karim Benzema is, at this point, closer to leaving Real Madrid than staying. The final decision, however, has not been made.
Benzema’s contract with Madrid expires at the end of the season, and he was expected to renew it for another season. However, recent reports have stated that the Frenchman has received a massive €200 million offer from Saudi Arabia, and is thinking about leaving.
The offer spans across two years, along with extra benefits that include image rights, advertising and the chance to create schools for children under his name.
Further, his dip of performances across this season have lit some doubts for the management and the coaching staff regarding his commitment to the club.
There have been multiple contrary reports about Benzema and Madrid’s plans to sign a striker this summer. Some have claimed that they are ready to reignite their pursuit for Kylian Mbappe, even though the Frenchman has claimed he will continue at PSG next season.
There has also been news regarding Harry Kane, claiming that Carlo Ancelotti wants to make the Englishman a priority for next summer.
On the contrary, there have also been reports that say that Madrid fully believe in Benzema and will not sign a ‘superstar’ this summer. They are of the opinion that the striker will be back to his absolute best once they sign reinforcements in other positions to strengthen the squad.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.