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Real Madrid superstar no longer feeling any discomfort, will feature against Valladolid

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Thursday saw Real Madrid play a 60-minute friendly encounter against Leganes at their training ground. While the match ended in a 1-1 draw, the big positive for Los Blancos was that superstar striker and club captain Karim Benzema made his return to the pitch.

The 34-year-old has endured a tough time with injuries this season. Indeed, Benzema missed a stretch of matches for Real Madrid prior to the World Cup break due to muscular discomfort.

Just when he looked set to return and play a big role for France at the World Cup, a thigh injury ruled him out of the tournament.

Having returned to the Spanish capital recently, the veteran centre-forward has returned to full fitness and has completed several training sessions already.

And following his involvement in the friendly against Leganes, Sergio Quirante is reporting that Benzema is no longer feeling any discomfort and the sensations after the game very largely positive.

So, as things stand, in case nothing goes wrong, the Real Madrid captain should feature for the team when they resume their La Liga campaign against Real Valladolid on December 30.

Los Blancos will travel to Estadio Jose Zorrilla to lock horns with Valladolid. Considering that a number of World Cup returnees will likely be unavailable, Benzema’s availability will come as a huge boost for Carlo Ancelotti & co.

Having won the Ballon d’Or award this year, Benzema has been unable to build on his success because of the niggling fitness issues. As a result, he has played just 12 of the Merengues’ 21 matches across all competitions this term, scoring six goals in the process.

Real Madrid will play another friendly against Getafe on December 23, and Benzema should receive more minutes in that contest, helping him get match-fit for the resumption of the season.

The reigning champions are currently trailing arch-rivals Barcelona in the La Liga table and will need to make a winning start when the campaign resumes.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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