Karim Benzema has  a glittering CV at club and international level,  and at 27 is at the peak of his powers. Photograph: JuanJo Martin/EPA

Karim Benzema is being monitored by Louis van Gaal, with the Real Madrid striker viewed by the manager as an answer to Manchester United’s goalscorin(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has emerged as a target for Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal. Photograph: Afp

Karim Benzema is being monitored by Louis van Gaal, with the Real Madrid player viewed by the Manchester United manager as an answer to their goals(...)

 A camera operator at the  La Liga match between Real Madrid  and Valencia  at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. The players union have called an indefinite strike on May 16th over disagreements on how revenue from a proposed new law will be divided amongst top teams and lower leagues in Spain. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid’s hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona suffered a stinging blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia on Saturd(...)

Real Madrid’s  Alvaro Arbeloa  gets a touch before Ronaldo to score his side’s  third goal in the    La Liga match against  Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Almeria 0Real Madrid kept alive their hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona when a James Rodriguez stunner set them on their wa(...)

Thierry Henry is earning €5.6million as a football pundit on Sky Sports. Photograph: Getty

Oh, Thierry. It wasn’t meant to be this way. How did we get here? What happened? And is there a rewind button? Eight months into that giddily well-rem(...)

Javier Hernandez’s late goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Atletico and sent them through to the last four of the Champions League. Photograph: Reuters

Real Madrid 1 (1) Atletico Madrid 0 (0) Madrid’s derby may have been Atlético’s this season, but Europe still belongs to Real. Atlético were do(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo  training ahead of his side’s quarter-final second leg against Atlético Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The first man down was Gareth Bale, holding his calf. Next came Luka Modric, rubbing his knee. And yesterday morning it was confirmed that Karim Benz(...)

Karim Benzema will miss Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against city rivals Atletico. Photograph: Reuters

Real Madrid will be without their striker Karim Benzema for the Champions League quarter-final return against their fierce city rivals Atlético on Wed(...)

Javier Hernandez has complained about a lack of playing time at Real Madrid. Photograph: Getty

Javier Hernandez has voiced his disappointment over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid. The Mexico international, nicknamed Chicharito, joined the (...)

  Danny Welbeck training with Arsenal after his move from Manchester United. Photograph:  Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has delivered a brutal explanation for Manchester United’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, saying the England international(...)