Agent quashes Arsenal hopes of landing Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema France

The agent of Arsenal target Karim Benzema has assured the press that the Real Madrid star is not leaving this summer.

French international striker Karim Benzema has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool amongst the possible destinations.

The situation at Real Madrid is quite complex, as Karim Benzema’s contract expires next summer and the Frenchman reportedly wants his annual salary of €4.5 milllion doubled in order to sign a new deal.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez aside, fellow board members however are allegedly against the idea of paying such wages to a striker whose goalscoring record averages less than one in two – possibly opening the door to an exit.

The Gunners have been linked with the former Lyon striker for some time, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains a keen admirer. Liverpool, likewise, are also considered interested as the Reds bid to improve their squad in order to compete in the Champions League next season.

The Premier League duo, however, have all-but been told to look elsewhere as Karim Benzema’s agent Karim Djaziri has promised the Spanish club that their number one striker will not leave this summer, regardless of whether he signs a new deal or not.

“The conversations to renew started a while ago. We met up with Florentino Perez in September, December, March and as recent as last Monday.

"It is true that he hasn’t extended his deal, but Karim is a man of his word and he told Florentino that he wanted to stay for as long as possible at the club of his dreams.

"For certainty, whatever happens, he isn’t going to leave Real Madrid.” He said, quoted by the Spanish paper AS.

Karim Benzema has scored 111 goals in 235 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos over a five-year period, helping the club win La Liga, the Copa Del Rey twice and the Champions League last season.

Currently on international duty with France at the World Cup, the striker will be hoping that his second World Cup will be a massive improvement on their disastrous tournament in South Africa four years ago.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch