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Real Madrid left ‘shocked’ by club legend’s decision to leave

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Real Madrid have been planning for the summer transfer window for a long time now. Taking into account the individual performances, coherence on the field, and the age of the players involved, the management had a list of priorities in mind for June.

Now, all of a sudden, nothing seems clear once again. Real Madrid’s current situation is ironic, yet understandable considering how volatile decisions can be in the world of football.

According to reports from Santi Aouna, Los Blancos are shocked that Karim Benzema has decided to leave the club. All signs had pointed towards his imminent continuity and the sudden turn of the tables has the management shaken up.

Not many expected a dramatic change of decision from the Frenchman. Real Madrid’s transfer plans now lie in jeopardy and have completely changed as the Madrid-based club must urgently allocate a big part of their summer budget to a striker.

With Florentino Perez already eyeing a big striker signing in 2024, the management had complete faith in Benzema to cover the number nine role for one more season, however.

With Jude Bellingham’s deal already working out to be around the €100 million mark, another big striker signing would not leave Real Madrid with enough margin to reinforce other positions of priority.

As it stands, it appears that the Copa de Rey champions will sign a temporary replacement next season. Come 2024, Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland will most likely be the prime target.

Benzema, meanwhile, is close to completing a move to Al-Ittihad. An official announcement has not yet arrived, but one can expect an update over the next 24 hours.

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  1. Kay De

    June 1, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Already a legend. He should be allowed to move on.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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