Arsenal, Chelsea target plays down Real Madrid exit talk

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema has publicly acknowledged the boo boys at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

At 25-years-old, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema remains a valuable long-term asset for would-be suitors as he has a multitude of peak form years ahead of him, is experienced on the highest of stages (long-running Champions League competitor with 60 international caps for France) and, despite an ambiguous immediate future in Spain, he continues to provide chances for his team-mates (eight in La Liga to date) and has already returned four goals and three assists from nine appearances in all competitions.

It is no wonder he has reportedly attracted the attention of rival London managers Arsene Wenger of Arsenal and Jose Mourinho of Chelsea.

But why would he be available for transfer?

See also: Chelsea to rival Arsenal for Karim Benzema's signature?

See also: Former Chelsea favourite winning applause of new manager

There are a number of reasons: Real's escalating interest in Radamel Falcao and/or Luis Suarez, the perpetual booing of Benzema at home games by his own supporters and a rumoured fracturing of the playing staff in which the Frenchman was subject to a public dressing-down by Pepe, all previously reported by Here Is The City.

Benzema had, until now, been relatively silent over the treatment: 'I get the public message,' he is quoted to have said by TalkSport.

'I need to defend more. There is no problem for me, so I just have to keep working. I am calm - the most important thing is to play. I will continue to give my all.'

Benzema was last on the score-sheet during a 6-1 rout over Galatasaray.

image: © Jan S0L0

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch