Benzema: No need for another striker

Karim Benzema says Gonzalo Higuain’s exit doesn’t ‘reassure’ him, but he believes that a replacement for the Argentine at Real Madrid isn’t needed.

Higuain is set to complete a move to Napoli this week, ending a four-year rivalry with the Frenchman for a starting spot at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Contemplating his teammate’s exit, the 25-year-old declined the suggestion that he’ll automatically be first pick, but did look to dissuade Los Blancos for moving in the market for a replacement.

“That Higuain is leaving does not reassure me,” reflected Benzema to reporters today at Madrid’s presentation of their new away kit.

“I wish him well but I have to think of Madrid and work hard to come back with golas and to play well for the Coach’s confidence.

“Do we need a replacement? We have Morata and Jese, who are preparing to have a great season and can score many goals.

“Additionally we have Cristiano and I to score goals and help the team.”

The Frenchman was asked of work so far under Madrid’s new coaching team, including Carlo Ancelotti and compatriot Zinedine Zidane.

“It is good for Madrid to have a Coach like Ancelotti. He is an excellent Coach who has done much in his past.

“Zidane gets along with everyone. He had a great career as a player and provides good advice for everyone. He won everything here and is an example to follow.

“My role? I feel good and now we are in preseason, we all have to work so as to win everything. I want to prepare well for this new season. The important thing is to be prepared for when we start.”

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