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Real Madrid ace not injured, suffering from ‘overload’ – report

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Real Madrid’s excellent start to the season came to a halt when they were to a 1-1 draw by Girona on Sunday evening.

One of the major reasons behind the Merengues’ mishap was the lack of a proper striker. Despite reports beforehand indicating the return of star striker Karim Benzema, the forward was not able to feature against Girona.

It led to Carlo Ancelotti opting for Rodrygo as the main number nine, with Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde featuring out wide.

Benzema’s absence against the Catalans propagated rumours of the striker’s prolonged absence. However, according to Arancha Rodriguez (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Frenchman had no major fitness issues yesterday and had even passed the fitness tests.

Rodriguez speculates that the striker may have an ‘overload’, which played a key role in ruling him out of the Girona game and casting doubts over his involvement for the next game.

At the end of the day, it is only Benzema who is aware of his fitness status and whether or not he would return to action in the upcoming game against Celtic remains in limbo.

Real Madrid, for their part, would welcome the return of the French international, whose absence has cost the club dearly in the past two matches.

Indeed, Real Madrid have failed to win in their last two competitive matches, and even though qualification to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League has been sealed, it could be imperative for them to seal the group stage on a bright note.

That is where the return of Benzema could prove to be handy, although with Ancelotti having one eye on the Monday night contest against Rayo Vallecano, it would not come as a surprise to see the striker starting on the bench in the Celtic affair.

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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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