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Real Madrid baffled by star forward’s lack of commitment in matches and training

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Since winning the Ballon d’Or last season, Karim Benzema has seen a steep drop in form. The same striker who seemingly could not put a wrong step in front of the goal no longer looks as threatening.

According to reports from Sergio Santos (h/t Madrid Xtra), his drop in level in games is far from the problem at hand. Benzema no longer shows interest even in training, and both Carlo Ancelotti and the administration are baffled by his lack of commitment. There is a feeling that the striker’s mind is distracted elsewhere.

The reasons behind his wandering mind could be anything under the sun, but one possible rationale could be his shocking treatment in the French National Team setup recently.

After being called up for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Benzema was shipped back by Didier Deschamps for a very minor injury. Even after recovering completely from his setback well ahead of time, he was not shown a route back into the side.

The sudden developments and ostracization are said to have hit the striker hard, forcing him to even retire from international football with immediate effect.

The feeling of desolation would have only got worse with his snubbing at the recent FIFA The Best awards and is evident through the social media post he made about it.

If indeed Benzema’s drop in form is related to a psychological block, it is imperative that the club take the situation seriously and work with the player. Concurrently, however, it is important for Los Blancos to scout and sign an able replacement.

In 14 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid so far this season, Benzema has scored 11 goals and provided three assists. At the same time, he has missed a whopping 15 big chances and is well below his xG of 13 goals so far.

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  1. Pat Grey

    March 5, 2023 at 3:40 am

    Ancelotti and Perez were told long ago that they should be scouting to get a replacement for Benzema, but these stubborn fellows paid no heed. Now RM may end the season without winning any silverware–including La Liga, Cope de Rey, and Championship. Vinicius and Rodrigo are no where near as predictable in front of goal. Asensio dies even better in this regard if and when Ancelotti feels like getting him on the pitch!

    • Victor Ascencio

      March 5, 2023 at 10:35 am

      I might be biased towards Asensio (for a pretty dumb reason, names sound similar) but I know he’s not 90+ rating. When he needs to show up, he does if given enough time to set up. You can’t give him 7~10 mins + whatever extra time is and expect returns every game. I was disappointed he didn’t score against Liverpool because he would’ve been 3 games scored in a row and now against a bad Barcelona, he was only given 8ish minutes. I think he would be best utilized after Rodrygo or Valverde tires the defense but not 10 minutes till whistle. I do believe in Rodrygo replacing him but as other matches have confirmed, he doesn’t perform well starting. But he’s also young and needs that experience. Asensio is the older player with not as much stamina and sadly on his way out. Ancelotti should be rotating Benzema as well. I would even recommend subbing him out and moving Valverde up there and adding a fresh midfielder since we’re starved for Forwards and Hazard has been a big disappointment.

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Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report

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Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.

Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.

The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.

A potential departure

As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.

Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.

Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.

A top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.

Agreement complete

As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.

As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.

Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.

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