Ancelotti insists Real 'are not thinking about' replacing Benzema
Carlo Ancelotti insists Real Madrid ‘are not thinking about’ signing immediate replacement for 35-year-old Karim Benzema as the front line is ‘working well’, with the striker bagging 29 goals this season
- Karim Benzema has scored 29 goals across all competitions this season
- Only Robert Lewandowski has more La Liga goals than him in 2022/23
- Carlo Ancelotti insisted Real ‘are not thinking about’ replacing the Frenchman
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Real Madid do not need to sign a new centre forward immediately as Karim Benzema is ‘working very well’ in their front line.
Despite turning 35 in December, the French forward continues to dominate Spanish football and has scored 29 goals across all competitions this season.
Only Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski has more goals in the league, and Benzema’s eight European goals have sent Real to the Champions League semi finals.
It comes as a continuation of a brilliant 2021/22 season that saw the Frenchman awarded the Ballon d’Or by one of the largest margins in history, following 44 goals in a double-winning campaign.
Even in this late stage of his career, Benzema’s form meant Real boss Ancelotti was unfussed about bringing in an immediate replacement.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has scored 29 goals across competitions this season
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Real are not thinking about replacing the 35-year-old in the immediate future
When asked about the chance or Real bringing in a new striker, he replied: ‘Signing a No. 9 is in the club’s future plans because Karim’s age is what it is.’
‘While Karim is in this condition we don’t think about it, also because the front line is working very well, it worked well last year and it’s working well this year.
‘Karim has had some ups and downs, Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. have developed, [Marco] Asensio is doing well. The problem over these two years hasn’t been the frontline.’
Endrick, the Brazilian wonderkid who became Palmeiras’ youngest player in history last year, could be Benzema’s eventual heir when he moves to the Bernabeu on his 18th birthday in 2024.
While Real have looked impressive in Europe, they have lagged behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the league.
Only Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski has more La Liga goals than Benzema this season.
16-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Endrick is set to join Real Madrid when he turns 18 next July
They sit 11 points behind the Catalan side with six games left to play after slipping further away from the league leaders due to losses against Girona and Villarreal last month.
As Ancelotti eluded to, they have not struggled up front and scored 10 more goals than any other side in the league.
There has been an issue at the back, though, with Los Blancos conceding 30 goals to Barca’s 11.
Real will next be in action against Real Sociedad on Tuesday night.
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