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Real Madrid defender remains intent on staying at club despite lack of game-time

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It does not get bigger than playing for Real Madrid in any top footballer’s career. Given the club’s trophy-filled cabinets and rich history, players dream of receiving Los Blancos’ interest in the transfer market.

The converse also is seemingly true. Once recruited by the Merengues, any move away is perceived as a step-down. Thus, some would prefer to stay on the bench at the Bernabeu than play elsewhere.

According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Jesus Vallejo is the latest to take the aforementioned decision. The centre-back wants to stay at the club even if he is the fifth-choice centre-back for Carlo Ancelotti. 

While the Spaniard has been impressive in his few opportunities, it is clear that there are better options at the manager’s disposal. The likes of Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba and Nacho Fernandez are all ahead of Vallejo on the pecking order, making it difficult for him to see minutes in Madrid.

At just 26 years of age, Vallejo has his best years ahead of him and could make it big at any other European club. However, the Spaniard prioritises donning the Real Madrid badge and wishes to fight for a spot in the future.

The defender is yet to play this season in La Liga and made just five appearances in the competition in 2021/22. In his 345 minutes last season, he oversaw two clean sheets and averaged close to ten defensive actions per game.

Vallejo’s current deal with Los Blancos runs until the summer of 2025 and it remains to be seen if he extends his deal. Nevertheless, his contractual situation is not of priority now given that he has two more years left on his deal.

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Real Madrid superstar’s injury does not seem serious, will undergo tests today – report

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Real Madrid’s injury woes were compounded on Thursday night when the reigning Spanish champions locked horns with Valencia.

Although the club were able to come away with a 2-0 victory, they had to cope with the injury to Karim Benzema as well as Eder Militao. The star striker was enjoying an excellent game, notably registering two assists and five key passes, before being subbed off around the mark.

The forward appeared to have a groin problem and demanded his substitution in the 60th minute when he was replaced by Rodrygo.

However, according to Arancha Rodriguez via RM4Arab, Benzema’s injury is not thought to be serious. He is expected to undergo tests today, which will ascertain the extent of his knock.

Real Madrid will be hoping that the Frenchman’s knock is not too serious as the player has already struggled with injuries during the earlier stages of the campaign. He has indeed missed seven league matches due to injury-related issues.

Benzema’s absence in such matches has had a direct impact on Real Madrid’s performances in the league this term. The Merengues, after all, all trailing league leaders Barcelona by a whopping five-point margin.

With the club bracing themselves for a tough February schedule, the availability of their star players such as Benzema could be integral, as Los Blancos look to perform well not only in the league but also in Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

In the meantime, Real Madrid are preparing ahead for the Sunday encounter against Mallorca in the league. Whether or not Benzema, who has scored nine goals in 12 league matches this term, returns to full fitness before this tie remains to be seen.

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