Benzema returns today after 29 days of vacation

Karim Benzema is the first international who played the Euro 2012 to incorporate into the squad of Real Madrid to take part of the pre-season. Today is summoned in Valdebebas Sports City and at 5:30 pm he will start training with the rest of his teammates. He returns after 29 days of vacation after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Euro, against Spain (2-0).

Karim Benzema at holidays
Karim Benzema at holidays

His time in European competition was not good. Four games played and no goal. Now he has the need and the target of returning to be the same as last season in Real Madrid. He participated in 52 games (3436 minutes, the eighth player in the squad that played more) and scored 32 goals.

Mourinho has been aware of everything during these two months, but now has the opportunity to chat with Karim. Higuian is already in Madrid, his maximum competition in the squad. Both start from the same point and they both will work hard for getting a place in the starting lineup. Higuain will play in Oviedo, the first pre-season friendly, while Benzema will have to train to get ready for his debut.

All the other international players (Portuguese, German and Spanish) will join the team on July 28 to fly to Los Angeles where Real Madrid will be 14 days and will play four friendlies.

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