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Karim Benzema expected to be back at Real Madrid on December 9 – report

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Over the past couple of days, there has been a lot written about Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema and his recovery from the latest injury setback he suffered.

The 34-year-old sustained a quadriceps injury in his left thigh while in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022 with France. Having been ruled out of involvement in the competition, the striker left the French camp on November 20 and had been back in Madrid.

And recent reports indicated that Benzema had ‘practically recovered’ from his injury and could return to training this week.

Soon after, reports followed that the 34-year-old could possibly return to the France camp to participate in the latter stages of the World Cup if he recovers sufficiently.

However, France manager Didier Deschamps put those speculations to rest, insisting that he has no plans to recall Benzema at this point as the striker still continues to recover from his injury.

Meanwhile, the possibility of him returning to training with the Real Madrid players who have not travelled to the World Cup has also been shot down by a fresh report from L’Equipe.

As per the report, Benzema, who is currently away on a vacation at the Reunion Islands, is only expected to be back in Madrid on December 9, thus ruling out the possibility of him resuming training with Carlo Ancelotti later this week.

The Italian tactician will reconvene training for the Real Madrid stars who are not involved in the World Cup from Thursday as preparations for the second half of the season.

But, as things stand, Benzema is only expected to be back in the Spanish capital on December 9.

The Real Madrid camp will be hoping that the time off will help Benzema put all his injury issues behind him and start afresh in the second half of the campaign.

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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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