Marca has suggested a way for Carlo Ancelotti to put an end to the situation surrounding Frenchman Karim Benzema.
Benzema’s future at the Bernabeu is the subject of intense speculation with Liverpool tipped to try and take advantage of apparent discontent between the player and the European champions.
However, Marca has suggested that the club would be mad to let Benzema go and has urged Ancelotti to simply take the pressure off of him and allow him to play a freer role in the Real Madrid attack.
“The solution lies in him swapping shirts with Cristiano. Give him the number 7 shirt, the number 9 to the Portuguese and just let them get on with it,” reports Marca.
“Benzema showed yet again that he is a key part of Real Madrid's attacking play and is the perfect partner for his two teammates: He has a plan whilst Cristiano and Bale have a keen eye for goal.”
Those two teammates are thought to be the reason for his discontent because of the status of Ronaldo and Bale in the Real Madrid attack.
Their effectiveness at the club has sometimes caused the hard work of Benzema to be overlooked and feeling undervalued can lead to unhappiness in any profession.
Whether Liverpool can realistically pull off a deal is doubtful.
Benzema only signed a new contract at Real Madrid last August when he was faced with a similar situation to the one he’s experiencing now.
Liverpool also made a big statement of intent when they signed Mario Balotelli from AC Milan over the summer and drafting in Benzema has the potential to affect Balotelli’s status in the Liverpool attack.
Then there’s Daniel Sturridge, who will be the club’s primary striker when he’s back in action following injury.
Sturridge was superb last season in partnership with Luis Suarez and he’s earned his right to lead the attack.
The very reasons Marca suggest Real need to keep Benzema are the same reasons that Liverpool would do well to go after a deal. Whether it happens, we’ll just have to wait and see.