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After achieving the first victory in nine games, Rafa Benítez did not erase the smile from his face. After a tense week from a rout against Liverpool, Everton beat Arsenal with a goal from Demarai Gray in the final minutes. Despite the joy, the Madrid coach’s brow furrowed when in the post-match interview he was asked about Lucas Digne’s absence. “It is not available,” Benítez said before continuing to argue the answer. “He decided that Ben Godfrey could be a good fit in this match, and he did very well so I’m delighted. That is all. The important thing is to ensure that the team has a good performance and the right mentality ”.

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Explica The Athletic que Rafa Benítez and Lucas Digne they would have argued “in Spanish” in front of the rest of their classmates. After the scuffle, the Madrilenian separated the French from the call. A new chapter in the discord between the two. The former Barcelona footballer is frustrated with his role in his coach’s system. The defensive and counterattack style of Benítez does not match the way of doing on the pitch of Digne, an offensive and creative player despite his demarcation.

Ambitious, The Frenchman could end up leaving the English club in January or at the end of the season according to The Athletic. Lucas Digne arrived from Barcelona convinced after a conversation with Marcel Brands, the sports director who resigned last weekend. He signed a long-term contract less than a year ago, when he and the team were doing well, but under Rafa Benítez he feels limited. During the last months, the player and the coach have had disagreements, but the fissures and the tension ended up exploding in the preview of the match on Monday when, reports The Athletic, both discussed in Spanish in front of the rest of the group.