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Real Madrid midfield target showers praise on Karim Benzema and Luka Modric

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Karim Benzema’s consistent breathtaking performances have attracted a lot of (overdue) recognition in recent weeks.

The Frenchman has been, almost singlehandedly, carrying Real Madrid’s attack through thick and thin, and pundits from across the world have come out to call him the best player in the world.

Real Madrid target Aurelien Tchouameni was asked to give his thoughts on Benzema’s performance, and the youngster did not hold back.

The Ligue 1 midfielder said the quality he admired the most was his longevity, and also referred to another Real Madrid player as an example.

“Benzema? What strikes me in these kinds of players is their longevity at the highest level! It’s not a given for everyone to perform so much at that age, like Benzema or Modric does, still delivering great performances in the CL,” he said (h/t TheMadridZone).

The defensive midfielder has been immense for AS Monaco this season and is a key part of the team’s top four pursuit. He has started 27 league games for the French side, scoring one goal and providing one assist. 

Real Madrid see the youngster as a long-term replacement for Casemiro, who is now in the twilight of his career. They are ahead of PSG and Chelsea in the pursuit for the 22-year-old and are closer than ever before.

Monaco value their player at upwards of €50 million and will not make his transfer easy at any cost. However, his contract with the French club only runs until 2024, putting pressure on the club to accept lower offers.

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Premier League midfielder explains the difference between Vinicius and Rodrygo, praises Endrick

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In Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid have two attacking superstars who are bound to lead the team to great heights for years to come.

The Brazilian duo have become integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans over the past few years and have played key roles in the success that the Merengues have achieved of late.

And, as we enter the final phase of the season, both Rodrygo and Vinicius will be crucial for Real Madrid to win silverware.

What’s the difference between Rodrygo and Vinicius?

Rodrygo and Vinicius will be playing in England tonight as Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Ahead of the contest, Fulham midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has seen both Rodrygo and Vinicius from close quarters with the Brazil national team, has shed light on how both players are different from each other but equally impactful.

Speaking on the FIVE Podcast, Pereira stated that Rodrygo was more versatile and smooth whereas Vinicius was more of an explosive player.

“I would say Rodrygo can play as a No. 10, right wing, left wing, false nine. He’s just so smooth… you cannot put pressure on him, he turns right, he turns left,” Pereira said.

“I think Vini is so explosive, he can score a goal in 1 second. He can lose a ball & look tired… then boom, it’s a goal. He’s more explosive, fast. So the combination they both have together is just… to play with them, it’s easy you know (laughs).”

The present and future of Real Madrid. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

On being asked if Arsenal star Bukayo Saka was better than Rodrygo, Pereira laughed off that suggestion and said:

“Saka better than Rodrygo? Rodrygo? From Real Madrid? (laughs). Nah, your opinion is different. I like Saka, I think he’s amazing, but Rodrygo can play in all positions, plays for Real Madrid.”

Pereira praises Endrick

Pereira also had some words of praise for soon-to-be Real Madrid player Endrick. The Brazilian whizkid signed for the Merengues in December 2022 itself and will be arriving this summer once he turns 18.

There are a lot of expectations on the 17-year-old and Pereira has now added to the hype surrounding him, saying:

“Endrick? I don’t know the English word, but in Brazil we have a word: ‘O iluminado’. You know when a lot of people are about to be born and God says ‘this is the one’, he’s like that. He’s a monster.”

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