Karim Benzema has devoted his future to Real Madrid by extending his contract with a new four-year deal. His deal was set to run out in 2019 but his contract extension means he will still be at the Bernabeu for his 33rd birthday.
The 29-year-old joined Madrid from Lyon for £25m in 2009 and has gone to help the team win 14 trophies.
Some reports in Spain had linked Benzema with clubs such as Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain but said recently: “As a forward, when you’re at a club and you’re a first-team regular, you don’t need to look elsewhere, especially when you’re at a club like Real Madrid.”
Benzema insisted recently that he had no intention of leaving the reigning Champions League defending champions
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Playing beside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronald, Benzema has become part of Real’s attacking forced called ‘BBC’. The 29-year-old has scored 181 goals in 371 appearances since joining from French side Lyon in 2009. He becomes the fourth Real player, after right-back Dani Carvajal, left back Marcelo and midfielder Isco, to agree a new deal this week. Manager Zinedine Zidane has also signed a new contract with last season’s Champions League and La Liga winners.
The France forward has won 81 caps but has not played for his country since he was placed under formal investigation in 2015 over an alleged bid to blackmail one-time international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
Reports in Spain say his net salary has been increased to more than €7.5 million a year and that the new arrangement includes a release clause of €1 billion.