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Real Madrid defender suffers back injury on international duty

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David Alaba has been one of Real Madrid’s best signings in recent years. From the day he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has taken charge of the team’s defensive line and led from the front.

In just over a year, he has become an irreplaceable part of the manager’s plans and offers great versatility with the ability to play both as a left-back and centre-back.

The defender is currently on international duty with his national team and is said to have suffered a setback during his camp.

According to reports from Sky Sports Austria, the manager of the Austrian team, Ralf Rangnick, has confirmed that Alaba is suffering from a back problem. He will not be a part of his country’s game against Croatia on Sunday owing to the same.

However, his injury is not serious, reports MARCA, which could mean that the versatile defender could be available for Real Madrid’s next game after the international break.

This term, Alaba has started seven of the team’s eight games in defence. During that period he has already scored one goal and provided two assists.

His only goal of the season in La Liga was a sensational free-kick from distance that secured all three points for his team against Almeria.

Needless to say, he will be a key element in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup going ahead in the season and the manager will look to have him back fit when club football restarts. If fully fit, he will be expected to start when Real Madrid take on Osasuna in ten days.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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