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Real Madrid confident Benzema will return in time for Real Valladolid clash

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Real Madrid captain and superstar Karim Benzema was dealt with a huge heartbreak this past weekend as he was ruled out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 due to an injury.

The 34-year-old had been struggling with muscular discomfort heading into the tournament and had not played Los Blancos’ final few matches before the World Cup break.

While he was said to be closing in on a return, the centre-forward suffered a fresh injury setback, ruling him out of the World Cup.

The Frenchman is already back in Madrid and will go through additional tests at the Valdebebas facility before starting his rehabilitation.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are confident that Benzema will be back in time for their first match after the World Cup against Real Valladolid.

The reigning La Liga champions will travel to Estadio Jose Zorrilla on December 30 to face Valladolid and believe that their captain and ace goalscorer will be ready to return to action by that time.

Benzema has already missed half of Real Madrid’s 14 La Liga matches this season including each of the previous four. He has also not played in two of their UEFA Champions League group matches.

In his 12 matches across all competitions, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has scored six goals and set up one more.

In his absence, manager Carlo Ancelotti has relied on Rodrygo Goes to fill in as the No. 9. The Brazilian has done well while deployed as a centre-forward and will have a major role to play if Benzema’s fitness woes continue.

But for now, though, Real Madrid are confident of having Benzema back in time for the match against Real Valladolid on December 30.

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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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