When David Alaba was subbed off in the 70th minute during Austria’s UEFA Nations League contest against France on Thursday night, there were a lot fears among the Real Madrid fanbase.
And early reports seemed to indicate that the versatile defender had indeed picked up a back injury which would see him miss their upcoming encounter against Croatia.
But, as per the latest update from journalist Alberto Pereiro, Alaba has not picked up any injury and is in good condition. The Real Madrid mainstay will continue with the Austrian national team and not return to the Spanish capital.
The same information has been reported by MARCA as well, who state that the 30-year-old is not injured and is in perfect physical condition.
This development will come as a major relief for Madridistas, considering how important Alaba has become in the scheme of things at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Signed on a free transfer last year after his contract with Bayern Munich expired, the Austrian international quickly established himself as a key cog in the side and played key roles in the team’s La Liga and Champions League triumphs in 2021/22.
In the ongoing campaign, Alaba has featured in all of Real Madrid’s nine matches in all competitions and has contributed with two goals and two assists each.
While he will continue with the Austrian national team, it will be interesting to see if manager Ralf Rangnick decides to use the 30-year-old in the game against Croatia or opts to rest him.
Real Madrid will take on Osasuna on Sunday, October 2, once the international break is out of the way. And in all likelihood, Alaba will be expected to feature in the game from kickoff, provided that he returns fully fit from national team duty.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
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.