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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Getafe



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While Barcelona have the chance to win the league against Espanyol this weekend, Real Madrid will play hosts to Getafe. With their eyes set on the Manchester City game in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti is set to rotate his team heavily.

As part of the plan, he has dropped a few players, too. Karim Benzema and Rodrygo are not part of the squad list. The duo picked up knocks against Man City and have been left to rest with the hope of recovering them in time for the second leg.

Vinicius Jr, however, is part of the four-man attacking list, that also includes Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, and Marco Asensio. The Brazilian may not start the game, but Ancelotti has confirmed that he will play.

David Alaba also suffered some discomfort against City in the UCL, and will not be part of the hosting group for this Madrid derby. Daniel Carvajal is also missing, but Ancelotti did not provide any update on his situation during the pre-game press conference.

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Benzema inquired Ronaldo about Saudi and agreed on a transfer, but backed down



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Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia has triggered a wave of massive establishment within the country so much so that the league has approached players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Ramos and even Karim Benzema. 

Benzema’s departure from Real Madrid is imminent and if a report from Diaro AS is to be believed, the Frenchman contacted his former Madrid teammate, Ronaldo, to ask him for information about the Saudi league, living conditions and other teams.

All this because it is said that the legendary Frenchman has received a lucrative offer from the newly crowned Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad. As reported before, the star striker will earn more than €100 million per year across his two-year contract with the Saudi team.

At the moment, the Saudi government has approved all of Benzema’s requests and while it is said that he can join the team of his choice, Al Ittihad’s recent flirting had made them absolute favourites.

That said, the transfer may have taken a u-turn recently, as Benzema spoke about staying at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.

“Speak to the fans? Speak about what? Why should I speak of the future if I’m in Madrid?”, Benzema said

“It’s the internet speaking, and reality is not the internet.”

In a recent turn of events, Helder Costa openly spoke about Benzema’s arrival, saying that his team is ‘excited about the arrival of the Balon d’Or winner.’ As if that is not enough, a club fan also showed a Karim Benzema edit on the big screen during their title celebrations.

Meanwhile, since the transfer is not confirmed, Real Madrid continue to be uninformed of Benzema’s decision. And this remains a major problem for the team from the capital city as their summer transfer plan hinges on the continuity of the Frenchman.

At the moment, the team is said to be closing in on the signing of Joselu from Espanyol. However, it must be noted that the forward will only be arriving on a season-long loan as Madrid already have big plans for the summer of 2024, with Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe both lined up.

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