Karim Benzema hints that Actual Madrid need not signal one other No. 9 given attacking energy in depth
Karim Benzema has hinted in an interview with ESPN that Actual Madrid don’t must signal one other striker because the Spanish champions have a number of gamers who can fill the function.
Benzema, 34, loved a fantastic season final marketing campaign as Madrid lifted LaLiga, the Champions League and the Spanish Supercup, scoring 44 targets in 46 appearances in all competitions.
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Carlo Ancelotti’s facet have signed midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco and centre-back Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea this summer time, however they’ve but to strengthen in assault having missed out on the signing of Paris Saint-Germain‘s Kylian Mbappe.
They’ve additionally misplaced strikers Luka Jovic and Borja Mayoral to Fiorentina and Getafe respectively, however Benzema advised one other ahead was not obligatory given different choices within the squad.
“There are many gamers who can play as a No. 9 as a result of [a] Madrid [striker] is not a typical No. 9 who… waits for balls, you need to transfer in every single place,” Benzema mentioned earlier than Madrid’s UEFA Supercup conflict in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt.
“Just like the supervisor additionally mentioned, there are many gamers. Afterwards when it comes to signing one other one [No. 9], you need to ask him.”
In a information convention earlier than the Supercup, Ancelotti mentioned Madrid had ample choices in assault. The Actual supervisor has mentioned that Eden Hazard may play as a false No. 9 in Benzema’s absence.
“Now we have loads of forwards,” Ancelotti mentioned. “It is a good listing: Karim, Mariano [Diaz], Hazard, Rodrygo, Vinicius [Junior], [Marco] Asensio.
“Once you’re lacking the very best ahead on this planet [Benzema] after all that impacts the crew. However we’ve got options. Changing Karim is unattainable.”
Benzema was additionally requested about requires the France striker to win the Ballon d’Or and whether or not he could be blissful to see goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois win the award as a substitute.
“Thibaut Courtois, for me, is the very best goalkeeper on this planet,” Benzema mentioned. “Afterwards Ballon d’Or, no Ballon d’Or, that I can not inform you.”