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Real Madrid superstar a doubt for his national team’s World Cup opener

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Amidst all the furore surrounding Karim Benzema and his injury situation, a report from RMC Sport is reporting that the striker is still not 100% and could miss France’s World Cup opener against Australia.

Benzema has been battling with muscle injury problems for almost a month now and had missed several games for Real Madrid in the lead-up to the World Cup.

It led to allegations towards the Frenchman that he was sitting out of games to avoid the risk of an injury ahead of the World Cup. The 34-year-old superstar, manager Carlo Ancelotti and several of his teammates have dismissed those claims, stating that he was not at 100% to participate.

Heading into the tournament in Qatar, Benzema’s fitness has been a major concern for France, who are already without three of their key players in N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Presnel Kimpembe.

On Thursday, Benzema trained with the rest of the team, which brought hope that he could be ready in time for France’s game against Australia next week.

However, RMC Sport is now claiming that the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is still not 100% fit and is a doubt for the contest against the Socceroos, which is to take place on November 22.

It will certainly be a headache for France manager Didier Deschamps even though he has a plethora of attacking options in the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud among several others.

Benzema has had a terrific 2022 for club and country and France will be hoping that he recovers in time to participate against Australia as they look to defend the World Cup.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”

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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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