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Real Madrid baller in danger of missing the World Cup following injury – report

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Defending champions France have not had it easy coming into the 2022 World Cup. Their starting midfielders — N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba have already been ruled out due to injuries, while star forward Christopher Nkunku picked up an injury in training and will miss the tournament.

Life in the French camp is not getting easier, either, with reports from Andres Ramos claiming that Karim Benzema found it very difficult to train with the team today and had to leave injured.

The journalist claims that the striker was not even at his ‘60%’, and that it could, potentially compromise his presence in the World Cup.

He has been ruled out for the pre-tournament friendly against Australia, and is ‘almost ruled out’ from the World Cup, as well. Benzema is going through medical examinations right now.

This is a massive hurdle for Didier Deschamps given Benzema’s form coming into the World Cup. The Real Madrid striker was at the heart of everything last season, winning the Ballon d’Or following success in La Liga and the Champions League.

This campaign, however, has been rather turbulent for him. Unfortunately, the veteran striker has picked up several injuries across the 2022/23 season.

Carlo Ancelotti has deployed star Rodrygo in his place multiple times this season, but as talented as the Brazilian is, he has been unable to replicate Benzema’s exploits.

Benzema had already missed France’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2018 and is now in danger of missing out on the defence.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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