Going into the season with Karim Benzema as the only out-and-out striker was always going to be a risk for Real Madrid despite Carlo Ancelotti insisting that he plans to use the likes of Rodrygo Goes and Eden Hazard in the No. 9 role.
Less than a month into the campaign, Real Madrid are now sweating over the French goalscorer’s fitness. Benzema picked up a knee injury just thirty minutes into Los Blancos’ Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday night.
However, the latest reports from journalist Carlos Rodriguez do not make for good reading for Real Madrid fans.
As per the journalist, the feelings surrounding Benzema’s injury currently ‘are not good’. The Frenchman will be subjected to medical examinations either today or tomorrow following which the full extent of his injury and the subsequent time on the sidelines will emerge.
For now, though, it seems like Benzema has been all but ruled out of the upcoming La Liga game against RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Hazard, who scored against Celtic, in line to start as the centre-forward.
If the Frenchman’s injury is serious, it could threaten to derail Los Merengues’ defence of the La Liga and Champions League titles. The UEFA Best Player of the Year was the driving force behind the Spanish capital club’s success last season and any time he spends on the sidelines will be a blow.
For now, the feeling surrounding Benzema’s injury situation is not good and a clear picture of his condition should come to light once the medical tests are conducted later today or some time tomorrow.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.