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UEFA studying brand-new Super Cup final-four format including MLS winners

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After winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid faced Europa League winners, Eintracht Frankfurt in the Super Cup in August this year.

To nobody’s surprise, Carlo Ancelotti’s side came out on top with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema. With Los Blancos having the possibility of competing in the competition next season, due to them being contenders to reign over Europe once again, it has been revealed that changes could be made to the format.

As per the latest information provided by the Guardian, as relayed by MARCA, UEFA is understood to be assessing the possibility of introducing a new final four format in the Super Cup.

It is being discussed whether the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League are also joined by the Conference League and Major League Soccer (MLS) champions.

From the looks of it, it seems like the governing body consider the tournament as a chance to provide an additional initiative to the team that wins the Conference League.

Considering the side also has the chance to lock horns against a potential Champions League winning side could be considered an added bonus for the team.

Additionally, the MLS could get a number of new eyes on them, through this potentially opportunity as well.

UEFA has been looking at ways to include USA in their daily proceedings, knowing full well their monetary power. With an MLS team in contention against the best in the world, this could be UEFA’s gateway into the money they have been looking for.

From a Real Madrid standpoint however, this potential revamp of the Super Cup is far from good news. Season upon season, the Spanish giants play a relentless number of fixtures right till the very end, as they compete across all four fronts.

With the addition of another match, especially at the start of the campaign will not make matters any easier for Los Merengues.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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