Real Madrid pulled off a second-half masterclass to outplay Celtic on Tuesday night and register a 3-0 win. The game had plenty of positive takeaways, but also brought some very bad news.
When Karim Benzema was substituted off at the half-hour mark, one knew that it could not be a sign of good things to come. The Frenchman had discomfort in his knee but nothing further was known about the prognosis.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, there is optimism over Benzema’s knee injury but doctors insist that it is still too early to decide. A more accurate analysis of his fitness will be available after the tests are conducted today.
Benzema is undoubtedly one of Real Madrid’s most treasured players. The UEFA Player of the Year single-handedly led Los Blancos’ UCL campaign against all odds last season. His consistent goalscoring record also helped the team win the La Liga title.
The problem, however, is that the club have no direct replacement for the striker. Despite their best attempts to sign a new striker in the recently concluded transfer window, Real Madrid did not find the ideal candidate and pushed the operation to next summer.
When asked about Benzema’s situation after the clash yesterday, Ancelotti said:
“We don’t think Benzema has a big problem. It’s muscular. We have to wait for the tests tomorrow. Then we will know what Benzema has.”
For now, the manager will continue to trust Eden Hazard in the absence of his talisman. Moreover, one could expect Benzema to be rested against Mallorca out of precaution too.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.