Benzema: Madrid need the break

Karim Benzema has reflected that the players at Real Madrid ‘need a bit of time away’ before preparing for next season.

Los Blancos endured a difficult third and final season under Jose Mourinho, failing to win the League, Copa del Rey or Champions League amid continued attention on the Coach’s relationship with his players.

For Madrid’s French striker, the summer has come at the right time.

“I’m eager to win titles, but I think we all need a bit of time away,” explained Benzema to Marca this week.

“Now is the time to leave on holiday, to rest and re-cap, to then return and fight for everything that a club like Real Madrid requires.

“Stories about the dressing room? Real Madrid is a big club with a lot of pressure and it is normal sometimes when things go wrong.

“But hey, these stories are finally over and now it is time to go on holiday and relax and wait for next season without any problems.

“Last season wasn't a very good one. We didn't win the League, the Champions League or the Copa del Rey. For a club like Real Madrid, winning the Spanish Super Cup is not enough.

“Personally, it also wasn't like the previous one. I finished last season with 30 goals and only managed 20 this time.

“Message to the fans? To keep supporting us as always and that next season we'll give our all and try to win domestic titles and of course the Champions League.”

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