French international linked to Arsenal and Liverpool has ended speculation surrounding his future, signing a new five-year deal at Madrid.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has ended speculation he could be on his way to the Premier League, signing a new five-year contract with the club.
Benzema joined Madrid back in 2009 from Lyon, and has scored more than 100 goals since his arrival.
The deal could have knock-on effects for many parties in the footballing world, not least the Premier League. Liverpool had been linked with a move for the French hit-man following their sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Benzema staying also means the club are now unlikely to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who has been linked with a move to the Bernabéu in recent weeks.
The new contract for Benzema was probably the best option for the European Champions, considering they have spent close to £100 million on talents such as Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas. Splashing on a deal for Falcao didn’t seem the smart option, with a perfectly capable striker like Benzema at the club.
Madrid will hardly be short of goals this season, with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo also ready to maintain their places either side of Benzema. Extra firepower from midfield should also see an increased goal tally, as they bid for a total of six trophies this season.
Benzema has only returned to Madrid training this week following his break after the World Cup in Brazil. His France side made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament, losing to eventual winners Germany.
For the 26-year-old a new deal will allow him peace of mind considering all the speculation about ins and outs at the Spanish giants this summer, and is yet another player who may now never appear int the Premier League.