Karim Benzema has been in the thick of things in European football throughout the year, especially due to his blistering performances in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Many Real Madrid fans across the world have been left surprised by this sudden deactivation of to his social media accounts. Many speculate that the forward’s accounts may have been hacked while others suggest he may have shut them down temporarily.
Benzema’s social media accounts have become inaccessible shortly after Real Madrid’s match-up against Real Betis on Saturday.
The Frenchman started the game at the Santiago Bernabeu, helping Los Blancos secure a 2-1 victory over Los Beticos.
Benzema, though, was not able to impact the game much as the hosts had to rely on the performances of Rodrygo and Aurelien Tchouameni to get them over the line.
With four wins on the trot to start the season, Real Madrid fans and Benzema himself will be hoping to continue their blistering run of them when Los Blancos take on Celtic in the UEFA Champions League this midweek.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining the club in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.