Karim Benzema to miss US El Clasico clash with Barcelona

Real Madrid talisman Karim Benzema will miss their pre-season El Clasico showdown with Barcelona.

Los Blancos are due to travel to the United States for a warm up tour ahead of the 2022/23 La Liga campaign.

Carlo Ancelotti has the majority of his first team squad back in training already but Benzema is still absent due to an extended break for the Frenchman.

The 34-year-old was granted extra time off, due to his international call up with France in June, on the back of a demanding season for the veteran striker.

Ancelotti will not rush his star man back and he will fly separately to their base in California.

As per reports from Mundo Deportivo, Benzema will land in the US on July 19th, with just three training sessions before the Barcelona game, in Las Vegas on July 29.

He could be included for their final match of the tour, against an MLS All-Star XI, in Chicago on August 2.

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  1. Ive read a rumor that Ancelotti would like to try play Hazard as a striker.

    I can only hope that he was either kidding or something got lost in translation.

    Heluva joke tho.

    What an absolute flop and an eternal shame on Zidanes CV.

    1. Dont say that man.we all know d qualities hazard possess..ive been dissappointed in him also bt im also hopin to see the best of hazard

  2. I am sorry but what he did before he came here is something Im not remotely interested in. Im a Madrid fan.

    For us, he in three years has shown nothing and that, for a record breaking signing, is not bad – its abysmal.

    Even if he manages to have one good year (which I seriously doubt) he will still be a flop and that is a fact.

    Also were not playing Hazard and sitting Vini. Hazard can only play LW as he has a wooden left foot. Zidane tried to play him as AMF and RW and failed miserably. Naturally, if he starts banging in goals Id be thrilled, but odds are higher that I will be banging Emily Clarke than him actually being productive for us.

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