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Real Madrid superstar a doubt for Espanyol clash – report

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Things continue to go from bad to worse for Real Madrid. As they prepare for the upcoming game against RCD Espanyol, club captain and ace striker Karim Benzema is now believed to be a doubt for the fixture.

This claim comes from Melchor Ruiz of COPE, who states that the 35-year-old’s situation will be assessed over the next few days before a decision is made on his availability for the clash versus Espanyol.

Benzema has endured an injury-riddled 2022/23 campaign, having already missed several matches due to injury and fitness problems.

Across all competitions, the Real Madrid captain has been unavailable for 12 games due to injuries. Most recently, he was left out of the squad for the La Liga encounter against CA Osasuna due to muscle fatigue.

Earlier today, the former France international did not train with the rest of the group and participated in indoor sessions. It has now led to doubts over his involvement against Espanyol.

Los Blancos will host the Catalan outfit on Saturday afternoon. Post that, they will have two extremely vital clashes against Liverpool in the Champions League and Barcelona in La Liga.

So, there might be a chance that Carlo Ancelotti decides against rushing Benzema back for the Espanyol game so as to ensure that he is in tip-top condition for the two crucial fixtures next week versus Liverpool and Barcelona.

While Benzema’s involvement is a doubt, Real Madrid will also be without the services of David Alaba and Ferland Mendy, although the latter is closing in on a return and could come back in time for next week’s El Clasico.

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Real Madrid defender wants to stay and renew contract amid exit talks

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Ferland Mendy has had an up-and-down trajectory at Real Madrid since he joined the club back in the summer of 2019 from Olympique Lyon.

The 28-year-old took some time to replace Marcelo as the first-choice left-back but has served the team well ever since, although injuries did make his continuity come into doubt.

Even though he has been largely fit this season, there was a phase when Fran Garcia appeared to be the preferred option at left-back, but Mendy has overturned the situation in his favour.

Now, the undisputed starter at left-back, the French defender is constantly hailed by manager Carlo Ancelotti as the best in the world in his position when it comes to the defensive aspect.

Mendy wants to stay

That has not stopped rumours of a summer departure from doing the rounds for Mendy’s contract with Real Madrid expires in 2025 and the club want to sign Alphonso Davies this summer.

However, as per MARCA, Mendy is not considering the idea of leaving Real Madrid in the summer window and is eager to stay on at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Mendy has been on the transfer list for a while now. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

In fact, the French international would be leaning towards the idea of a contract renewal, having previously turned down an offer that he did not feel satisfied with.

As per the report, everyone at the club is happy with Mendy and his contributions. Meanwhile, the player himself feels good and respected at the club and is enjoying his life in the Spanish capital.

As such, he has conveyed that he is not contemplating a departure at this moment.

It does leave Real Madrid in a bit of a quandary, considering that they are eager to sign Davies from Bayern Munich while Fran Garcia is also on the books.

It remains to be seen how the situation is resolved by the Merengues and whether Mendy gets a renewal or is shown the exit doors.

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