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Saudi or Spain: Karim Benzema still yet to inform Real Madrid about future

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As Real Madrid continue to sweat on Karim Benzema’s future, a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez (h/t Madrid Xtra) has confirmed that the legendary Frenchman still has not told the club whether he would be staying next season or not.

The soap opera of Benzema’s future at Real Madrid continue to haunt the club from the capital city. At the moment, the veteran forward has refused to speak anything concrete about the subject. “Why am I going to talk about the future, if I’m in Madrid? Reality is not the Internet.”

Truth be told, every day there is a new story. One claims the 35-year-old has inquired former Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo about life in the Middle East, while there are reports that the Los Blancos have not given up on his renewal.

In this regard, Carlo Ancelotti reportedly met with the forward to understand the situation and made him believe that the team does want him to continue. If he does end up staying, Madrid will not have to search for a new forward.

However, if he decides to end his tenure, the team from the capital city will have to look beyond Joselu. The Espanyol striker is said to be closing on a loan move to Santiago Bernabeu, but without Benzema, Madrid will have no one to rely on.

Now, it is said that Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane is someone who is liked by Ancelotti, but his acquisition will jeoperdise Madrid’s plan for the summer of 2024, where they are expecting to rope in Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

For the moment, Benzema indeed informed Real Madrid of Saudi Arabia’s offer a long time ago, but the club is still waiting for a definitive answer. And this continues to haunt the record European champions as their summer plans are largely dependent on the Frenchman’s continuity.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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