Karim Benzema to sign Real Madrid contract extension
Karim Benzema agrees Real Madrid contract extension.
According to reports, Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Karim Benzema over a contract extension.
The 35-year-old, who had a spectacular career in the Spanish capital, was weighing his options as his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu was about to expire this summer.
Nevertheless, according to sources, the current Ballon d’Or winner, who scored the winning goal for Real Madrid in their 1-0 victory against Liverpool on Wednesday night to earn their position in the Champions League quarterfinals, has now agreed to a 12-month contract extension.
Benzema has attracted interest from a number of parties, including teams in Saudi Arabia and his former club Lyon, but he will play for Real Madrid for a 15th season despite having previously hinted that he would be willing to sign a new contract.
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“I am at Real Madrid. I enjoy it, like any other player who can play for Madrid. What happens in football, we don’t know,” the Frenchman said earlier in the season.
Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti is understood to have pushed the club’s hierarchy to agree fresh terms with Benzema, despite concerns elsewhere over his age, and said over the weekend: “We have to take into account Benzema’s age, but also what he brings. He is our nine. He did well at the beginning of the season and he will do well next season.
“For me, Karim is a lifelong Real Madrid player, I’m clear about what will happen next year.”
Benzema is among the most honourably discharged football players in recent memory.
Along with winning the Ballon d’Or in 2022, he also won the Champions League five times with Real Madrid, four La Liga titles, and 14 other domestic and international cup competitions.
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