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Karim Benzema eyeing a return to Europe, but Real Madrid doors closed

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Karim Benzema was Real Madrid’s poster boy last season and the reason behind so many of their successes. The Frenchman’s 2022-23 season may have been injury-riddled, but he was up there in the discussion as one of the best players in the world.

His decision to leave Europe for Saudi Arabia last summer, thus, left fans across the world shocked. After all, he still had a lot to contribute at top-level football with the financial perks being the only factor in favour of the middle-east based league.

Full of regret

According to reports from MARCA, six months is all it took for Benzema to realise that he blundered.

He now feels that the Saudi Pro League, at the moment, is not the best place to nurture his football or mentality. He wants a change in scenery and a return to Europe.

The veteran’s entourage is already working hard to secure an exit less than a year after he joined Al-Ittihad.

But at this point the doors for a potential return to Real Madrid are closed for the former French international.

Benzema is not opposed to a massive pay cut to make it possible, and it goes without saying that his current employers are worried by his stance.

Al-Ittihad will not make it easy for their star man to leave soon, but a sizeable transfer fee could change everything.

What is clear through the situation, however, is that Real Madrid are not interested in pairing up with the player again and have closed the doors to his return.

Looking to the future

Benzema will go down as one of Real Madrid’s greatest-ever players, however, a football administration cannot run on emotions.

Already 36 years of age, signing the player again would be an absurd decision for the club’s long-term plans.

Los Blancos have found an able make-shift solution in Joselu and are still eyeing the signing of a world-class number 9 in the coming summer.

.Both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have been linked with a move to Real Madrid and it remains to be seen which one comes to fruition.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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