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Real Madrid superstar a doubt for Sevilla clash after suffering nasty cut vs Rayo Vallecano



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After back-to-back defeats, Real Madrid returned to winning ways last night when they beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, courtesy of goals from Karim Benzema and Rodrygo Goes.

However, the Merengues were left with concern during the game as captain and goalscorer Benzema appeared to be playing with a limp for the entirety of the match.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed after the game that the 35-year-old had suffered a cut on his foot very early in the game, which caused the limp.

“He got a cut on his foot in the first half and it was bothering him. We assessed him at half-time and decided he could carry on. It affected him a bit but it wasn’t too bad and he played the full 90 minutes,” he said.

Now, MARCA is reporting that the gash on Benzema’s foot has made him a doubt for the match against Sevilla later this weekend.

The 35-year-old superstar’s agent posted a picture of the cut that he suffered as a result of the stomp he suffered ten minutes into the game against Rayo Vallecano. It appeared quite nasty and the Real Madrid captain needed five stitches to close up the wound.

As such, it has now cast aspersions over his involvement against Sevilla, but Benzema is understood to be keen on playing the match.

With five goals separating him from Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski, the Pichichi Trophy race seems lost. However, the veteran centre-forward wants to end the campaign on a high and wants to play against Sevilla.

Along with Benzema, another key Real Madrid star, Vinicius Jr, is also a doubt to face Sevilla due to knee discomfort.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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