The Real Madrid coach denies that Benzema took a break to participate in the World Cup

BERLIN: Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti has denied recent rumors that the team would not have relied on French international striker Karim Benzema in recent matches to maintain his fitness before the start of the World Cup in Qatar. Benzema is preparing to participate with the French national team in the campaign to defend his world title, won in the last World Cup in Russia 4 years ago, but he is playing the World Cup in Qatar, after being absent from stadiums for a long time. Benzema has been absent from the last rectangle since 19 October, during the match between Real Madrid and Elche in the Spanish league. The fitness issue is expected to cause Benzema to no longer participate in the royal team’s meeting with his host Cadiz tomorrow, Thursday, in the Spanish league, as Real are trying to restore the tone of the victories they have lost in the last two games of the competition, after the draw with Girona and the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Benzema’s absence will not hinder his participation with the French national team at the World Cup in Qatar, which has led many to speculate that his failure to participate with Real Madrid is due to the fact that he did not suffer a sudden injury before the start of the World Cup. Ancelotti completely denied the veracity of these accusations. “It annoyed me that he couldn’t help us with his efficiency,” said Ancelotti. in press conference wednesday. “I don’t have to say anything to anyone,” added Ancelotti. The first person to be disappointed is Karim, who arrives at the World Cup without the minutes it takes to be in form”. “To think that not paying him to rest, I don’t believe him, it’s ridiculous,” explained the Madrid coach. Benzema trained alone, but his feelings were not good. “This means that he will participate in the World Cup after playing a few minutes.” Asked if Benzema believed in doubt his participation in the World Cup, Ancelotti added: “No, apart from that big injury suffered against Celtic, he had two small things”. The sudden defeat against Rayo Vallecano brought Real Madrid down (champion in charge) in second place in the La Liga standings, 5 points behind his traditional rival Barcelona (leader), who has played more games than the white team. (Dpa)