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Real Madrid will not invest in a forward in January despite Benzema’s injury

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Following inarguably the best season of his career, and picking up the Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema is going through an extremely tough spell this campaign.

The French striker missed seven out of 14 possible games in the league through injury, and has now been ruled out of the World Cup one day before the tournament began.

Despite his injury troubles, though, Real Madrid will not invest in a forward in January, reports MARCA. They are confident that Benzema will eventually return to form and fitness en route their La Liga and Champions League defence.

Carlo Ancelotti has chosen to deploy Rodrygo as the striker in Benz’s absence, and the club believes that the position is more than covered between the two players. Not to mention Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard have some experience in that position, too.

Madrid’s January plans were confirmed by Ancelotti himself during a pre-game press conference, who said, “Our idea is not to make moves during the winter market.”

While Benzema’s injury comes at a terrible time for the player, it gives the club enough time to treat the Frenchman during the off-season. Madrid have a cramped calendar following the end of the World Cup, and given Barcelona’s imperious form in La Liga this season, they will need their team fully fit and on their toes to win their second league title in a row.

It is important to note that while Benzema has looked visibly off-mark compared to the previous season, he is still averaging a goal every two games in La Liga. Some time off the pitch could do him, and consequently, the team a world of good.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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