With the all-important FIFA World Cup just around the corner, both clubs and players are extra cautious of potential injuries. Though Real Madrid have not faced many injury woes in the first phase of the season, one player who has struggled with fitness is Karim Benzema.
According to reports from MARCA, the Frenchman did not train today owing to muscular fatigue. Given the player’s fitness troubles this year and the hectic schedule, it is clear why he chose to train indoors in the gym facilities.
Of the team’s 12 La Liga games so far this season, the striker has only appeared in seven. In that duration, he has scored five goals and provided one assist. However, he has failed to open his account in Europe so far, failing to find the back of the net in four appearances.
He came off the bench for the final 27 minutes in Real Madrid’s last game against Celtic but missed one big chance and had two shots on target denied. Despite his relatively poor form in front of the goal, he has been invaluable on other fronts.
As the reigning Ballon d’Or holder, Benzema will look to help France defend their World Cup title in Qatar later this month. As it stands, he is a doubt for Real Madrid’s game against Rayo Vallecano tomorrow but the plan is for him to train with the group tomorrow.
One hopes that the French striker will be back in time for the team’s match against Cadiz before they disperse for their respective national teams.
Apart from Benzema, Rudiger also did not train with the team today and he is termed as a ‘serious doubt’ for Monday’s clash against Rayo.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.