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Real Madrid Transfer News Roundup: Karim Benzema backed to win Ballon d'Or; Gareth Bale edging closer to joining Cardiff City, and more - June 23, 2022

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti
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Real Madrid will look to further improve their squad this summer. Los Blancos have already secured the services of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal has backed Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d'Or award this year. Elsewhere, Gareth Bale is edging closer to joining Cardiff City. On that note, here's a look at the key Real Madrid transfer stories as on June 23, 2022.


Dani Carvajal backs Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d'Or

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22
Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22

Karim Benzema was in blistering form last season. Dani Carvajal believes Karim Benzema is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or award this year. The Frenchman was on blistering form for Real Madrid last season. The 34-year-old scored 44 goals and registered 15 assists in 46 games.

Karim Benzema's 2021/22 season by numbers:◉ 46 games◉ 44 goals◉ 15 assists◉ 1x #UCL ◉ 1x LaLiga◉ 1x Supercopa◉ 1x Pichichi Award◉ 1x #UCL Golden BootBallon d'Or loading. ⏳

Speaking to AS, Carvajal healed praise on Benzema.

"No, any other candidate is a long way off him. Not just because of what he has helped us achieve, in which he played an incredibly important part. To a large extent, it was Karim who led us to these successes. The goals he scored, the assists he provided … Anyone who has seen Karim play is in no doubt that the Ballon d’Or is his," said Carvajal.

Gareth Bale edging closer to joining Cardiff City

Gareth Bale could join Cardiff City this summer.
Gareth Bale could join Cardiff City this summer.

Gareth Bale is edging closer to a move to Cardiff City, according to Wales Online. The Welshman will leave Real Madrid at the end of this month as a free agent. The 32-year-old enjoyed tremendous success with Los Blancos but has dropped down the pecking order recently.

Exclusive: Gareth Bale visited Cardiff City's training base today and spoke with Steve Morison for the first time.+ Told he will make decision in coming days+ Going on hols again until July 16+ Vincent Tan keeping very close tabs on it #CCFC #Bluebirds walesonline.co.uk/sport/football…

The La Liga giants opted not to extend his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. Bale is not short of options, though, with Cardiff City interested in securing his signature.

The 32-year-old visited the Welsh club's training complex on Wednesday and had a chat with manager Steve Morison. Bale is likely to inform the club of his decision in the coming days.


Zinedine Zidane outlines difference of winning Champions League as player and manager for Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has spoken of the effort that goes into winning the UEFA Champions League.
Zinedine Zidane has spoken of the effort that goes into winning the UEFA Champions League.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has spoken about the difference in winning the UEFA Champions League as a player and as a manager. The Frenchman won the coveted tournament both as a player and manager for Los Blancos.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Zidane said that winning the UEFA Champions League requires a lot of hard work.

"It’s different. But it’s all beautiful. As a coach, you are responsible for 25 players, but not only that. Also, for a club, for a name like Real Madrid and for an institution. It’s a huge weight that you don’t carry in the same way as when you are a player. When you win, and also three times in a row, it’s a great feeling of duty fulfilled around you and for a whole club," said Zidane.

He added:

"Winning the Champions League is never a matter of luck. It’s hard work. Especially three times in a row. I’ve worked like crazy. We worked hard. My players believed in me, and I believed in them. We put the effort in together. It’s a lot of work with my staff. Winning as a player is not the same investment. As a player, I would get to training at 9 AM. I’d leave at 1 PM, and then I’d be home."

Zidane continued:

"As a coach, I would arrive at 8 AM and often leave at 11 PM. It’s not the same day or the same stress. Here you work, and you don’t just work for yourself. It never stops. Physically, sometimes I was at home, but my brain was still in the stadium. I was already thinking about training the next day, about what I had to say to a player."

Edited by Bhargav
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