Real Madrid will return to action this Friday after the World Cup break when they travel to Estadio Jose Zorrilla to take on Real Valladolid.
And, ahead of the game, AS is reporting that superstar striker and club captain Karim Benzema is ‘ultra motivated’ to get back on the pitch as he ‘wants revenge’ following his treatment by the France camp.
Benzema has struggled with injuries this season and has missed close to half of Real Madrid’s 21 matches across all competitions in 2022/23 so far.
Having recovered from his muscular discomfort, the 35-year-old had been included by Didier Deschamps in the France squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
However, a minor thigh injury he sustained in training prompted the Les Bleus manager to send him back home from the camp in Qatar. Even though Benzema had recovered in time for France’s Round of 16 tie, Deschamps never considered the prospect of recalling him.
It has sparked a lot of controversy, with Benzema even announcing his international retirement soon after France’s final defeat against Argentina.
Having suffered through injury problems and the harsh treatment from the France camp, Benzema is now said to be extra motivated to get back on the field for Real Madrid and seek revenge by scoring a lot of goals.
Benzema enjoyed a stunning 2021/22 season during which he scored 44 goals in 46 matches across all competitions. However, this season, he has netted six goals in 12 matches, with injuries hampering his form.
The report indicates that the 35-year-old is no longer feeling any discomfort and has been fully fit for some time. The striker has been working hard in the gym to regain strength while he is also working on getting into match rhythm by participating in the friendly matches Los Blancos have organised.
All things point towards Benzema starting when Real Madrid take on Valladolid in a couple of days. And, the veteran striker is raring to get back on the pitch and score goals.
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.