Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who remains banished from the France national setup for four years running is not expected to get a call-up anytime soon. The player says he holds no grudges despite the snub. Benzema does not want to go crazy over the situation, preferring to make peace with it.
The Real Madrid has played in 81 games and scored 27 goals for France since making his debut in March 2007.He has not been called-up since August 2015 due to his alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail ex-Lyon footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex-tape.
Real Madrid were guilty of complacency as they struggled to see off the lowly Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend.
Benzema was the cream of the crop for the Spanish giants, tormenting the Vallecano defense on a regular basis and getting his name on the score sheet. He hobbled off the pitch towards the end of the match as he picked a slight injury to his ankle and is now a doubt for the World Club Cup starting this month.
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has admitted the pressure is growing on him to deliver more goals for the Spanish giants following the departure of former superstar teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 275 La Liga appearances in the famous all-white jersey before ending his nine year stint at the Bernabeu in July after completing a move to Italian giants Juventus.
Under the interim manager Santiago Solari, Real Madrid won their first match on Wednesday. In the match, Los Blancos defeated Melilla with the score 4-0 on their way in the first round of their Copa Del Rey match with 32 rounds. Karim Benzema started scoring in the match after 28 minutes of the starting of the game, and Marco Asensio doubled the benefits on the halftime stroke. For the visitors, Alvaro Odriozola made it three with 11 minutes left, which gave Solari a gentle opening to his spell as a temporary manager.
Cristo Gonzalez added the fourth strike in time to put together the misery of the host. Vinicius Junior was given a start to Solari, and the Brazilians rewarded his choice with two assists. A trip to North Africa to face Melilla in Copa Del Rey could not have been Solari’s first choice as Los Blanco’s temporary coach, but the Argentine would have been happy with what he saw. Melilla is one of a few autonomous Spanish cities based on the African mainland, and Madrid left a number of starring stars home after the resignation of former boss Julen Lopetegui.
After having shown his appearance as bound for the exit door in the past, the star striker Karim Benzema says he is quite happy managing the European champions. Benzema has successfully left behind the individual season, which was quite disappointing in order to become a best performer in Cristiano Ronaldo’s post at Real Madrid. The upbeat striker had looked weak in the last term as he managed to net only 5 La Liga goals and started facing speculation with regards to his future at Santiago Bernabeu. However, the starting goal in final win of Champions league over Liverpool and Julen Lopetegui was appointed as head coach has made the striker hopeful to make a significant role for himself in the 10th season.
As far as his interest for AC Milan is concerned, the 30 year old says he is highly focused to bounce back to be the best so as to be successful. Benzema says that one
needs to continue winning silverware as the goal is always to achieve victory here as a team. He would be looking at having a good season, especially after his last unsuccessful season and try hard to etch his name in the history books of the club. He could not imagine possessing all that he has, but the prime objective of joining the club is to achieve silverware, be successful and gain lot many things. He always knew he would have some hard seasons to deal with, but it’s insignificant as he is a part of the world’s best club and he is delighted to be there.
Former Real Madrid defender Pepe is set to move to the Premier League, based on latest reports. The Portuguese star could be a Wolverhampton Wanderers man if the move from Besiktas comes through as expected. The Portugal international moved last summer from Spain to Turkey, and could yet move again to England as the Premier League new boys want an experienced player to man their defence.
Besiktas offer close to USD100,000 a week to Pepe, but with a year left on the deal and the player aging, Pepe seems smart to look elsewhere. Wolves are expected to spend in the region of USD10M to acquire the rights to the player. Read More
The former Manchester United defender, Gerard Pique was shown a full treatment from Madrid supporters on the night of Spanish Super Cup (second leg), as his side, Barcelona fell to defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. That was the night when his side were embarrassed while the Spaniard was roundly mocked by the crowd. Gerard Pique therefore agreed for the first time since joining Barcelona that he felt inferior to their all-time rivals, Real Madrid.
Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema netted a goal each in the first half which saw Real Madrid to a 2-0 HT and FT victory to complete a 5-1 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona, in their first matches after the departure of their ex-star forward, Neymar Jr, looked a shadow of their former selves, and were second best throughout, as Zinedine Zidane bagged his seventh trophy in 21 months as manager.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema said that he has no reason to leave Real Madrid at the moment.
He stated that he is happy at the club and that the team is in a good phase at the moment. The French striker said that it has been a long time since Real Madrid has had such a good team and that he has no reason to leave the club.
Indeed the Spanish club has won the Champions League twice in a row, and they are favorite to win the trophy again this year.
Karim Benzema only has one year left on his contract, and there is speculation that he might be moving elsewhere when his contract is over. Read More
Real Madrid are set to hand striker KarimBenzema a new deal for his efforts in helping the team to yet another Champions League title.
The French star netted 17 times in all competitions last term as Real did a double, lifting the La Liga title despite last minute heated chase from Barcelona.
The Spanish side is reportedly set to land AS Monaco teenage star KylianMbappe this summer in a world record deal. There are fears that the club would sell of the player with Arsenal and a few other top sides are named interested employers.
There were reports that Mbappe would not agree to the deal if one of Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale does not leave. Benzema was the likely candidate to be kicked out as Ronaldo was a player emeritus and Bale was yet to fully deliver the goods for his record move. Read More
It all started at La Roselda arena where Malaga fans were treated to intelligently silk and mesmerizing dribbles of a 19-year old.
Isco had just broken out of Valencia’s youth team, got scooped by Malaga and wasted no time in showing the world the kind of stuff he was made of.
After the successful second seasonwith theAlbicelestes, big teams came calling but he chose to remain with Malaga who was at that time putting together an exciting team headed by Manuel Pellegrini and were about the same time undergoing a management take over from billionaire Al Thani who made it clear he was ready to spend. The Chilean-led side will go on to have a successful campaign and even qualify for Europe.
Real Madrid came calling afterwards in a move that saw the insatiable Galaticosscoop the league’s best two breakout stars in the mould of Isco and then heralded heir to Xabi Alonso – Asier Illarramendi.
Given Madrid’s reputation, the new inputs had trouble slotting into the top 11 as a back and forth progression, coupled with the almost annual change of coaches, threw the youngsters to obscurity with Isco making more bench cameos than actually starting while Illarramendi’s case was even worse. Read More