Karim Benzema will probably be linked with Arsenal in the coming weeks after admitting he is “fed up” of being substituted at Real Madrid.
The Frenchman opened the scoring for Real Madrid in their bitter derby against rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday, but, for the fifth time in six La Liga starts this season, was hauled off by Benitez before full-time.
The striker told press he was “fed up” of being substituted but “will continue to work” for his role in the team, but we presume this means Benzema will soon be ‘set to leave Real’ after an ‘outburst by the Arsenal target and world-class forward’.
Substitutions are what the coach decides, I’m just there to help my team-mates,” Benzema told AS.
“It’s true I’m fed up of being taken off. I’m calm and will continue to work so I’m not always substituted. He took me off to get a result, for defensive reasons.
“It’s true that the electronic board always shows the No.9. Ask Benitez why that is.”
Benitez, who replaced Benzema in the 77th minute with midfielder Mateo Kovacic, explained his substitution after the match.
“Benzema did well, but I substituted him because we needed to freshen things up on the wing,” Benitez told reporters.
“With Gareth Bale’s speed we were able to play between different areas of the pitch and with Cristiano Ronaldo up forward we kept up our attacks.
“We balanced the team and maintained our attacking punch.”
They did also concede an equaliser to Luciano Vietto just minutes later, but there you go.