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Real Madrid duo to be rested by national team manager in today’s friendly encounter
The first international break of the 2022/23 campaign will soon come to an end and Real Madrid will be hoping that there are no injury casualties in the final round of fixtures that will be played before their stars return to the club.
Los Blancos have been lucky so far in the break as they have had no major injury issues, with Eden Hazard’s knock in Belgium’s game against the Netherlands reported to be nothing serious.
Later today, Brazil take on Tunisia in a friendly encounter in France. As many as three Real Madrid stars – Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes – are part of the Seleçao squad and each of the three players are extremely crucial for Carlo Ancelotti.
So, it will come as good news that Brazil boss Tite plans to rest both Vinicius and Militao for the clash against Tunisia.
Indeed, Mario Cortegana of MARCA is reporting that Tite does not plan to start either Vinicius or Militao against Tunisia.
The duo was part of the starting lineup in the friendly versus Ghana last Friday, with Vinicius partnering Neymar, Richarlison, Raphinha and Lucas Paqueta in a star-studded attack. Militao, meanwhile, had started at right-back.
But the Real Madrid stars will not be involved later tonight, at least from the start, as per the report. It will be interesting to see if Rodrygo makes an appearance or if he, too, is not used by Tite when the Canarinha face off against Tunisia.
Real Madrid will resume their La Liga title defence against Osasuna after the international break and will hope to have a full-strength squad ahead of an important run of fixtures.
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Real Madrid have not ‘given up’ on Karim Benzema’s renewal yet – report
The cloud of uncertainty over Karim Benzema’s future has served as a major headache for the Real Madrid board, as they kickstart their team planning ahead of the new season.
Recent reports claim the Frenchman is strongly considering a move to Saudi Arabia, after receiving a lucrative €150 million offer from Al Ittihad. He was close to renewing his contract at Santiago Bernabeu not too long ago, but it appears the tables have turned lately.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid are yet to give up on Benzema and still harbour hopes of renewing his contract in the coming weeks, reports Alfredo Matilla.
The Spanish journalist suggests Real Madrid have not closed the file on Benzema. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has recently met the forward to clarify his future and it appears the club are set to do everything they can to keep hold of the player.
Benzema’s departure, after all, could put the club in a major dilemma, where they must either sign a top-class striker or settle for a low-cost alternative for the entirety of next season.
Harry Kane has been earmarked as the ideal replacement for Benzema. But his acquisition could potentially jeopardise Real Madrid’s bid to sign either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe in 2024. The club have also faced difficulties negotiating with Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman.
As far as the low-cost options are concerned, Real Madrid are interested in Roberto Firmino, who will become a free agent in the summer.
However, the Brazilian international is not the most productive striker around and his struggles in front of goal could put more pressure on players like Vinicius Junior next season.
Real Madrid, therefore, will hope to keep hold of Benzema’s services for another year. Unfortunately, though, the player has given a cold response so far and left training early, without speaking too much.
So it will be interesting to see whether or not the veteran striker opts to remain at Bernabeu for another year.
September 29, 2022 at 3:51 pm
This is good news for Real Madrid fans as they will hope to have a full strength squad available for their next game.