Benzema keen on Real Madrid stay

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema fights for the ball with Jan Vertonghen of Ajax Amsterdam

Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in action with Manchester City's Nicolas OtamendiReal Madrid's Karim Benzema in action with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi

Quoted by Sky Sports, Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema has revealed that he does not intend to leave the European champions this summer.

The 28-year-old striker has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years.

For so long it was Arsenal who were reported to be big admirers of the striker, but speculation has mounted that Jose Mourinho - who worked with him for three years in the Spanish capital - wants to reunite at Manchester United, according to The Mail.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema fights for the ball with Jan Vertonghen of Ajax AmsterdamReal Madrid's Karim Benzema fights for the ball with Jan Vertonghen of Ajax Amsterdam

The Frenchman helped Real to an 11th Champions League title in the penalty shootout victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday - his second time winning the competition in the white colours of los Blancos - and Benzema says he is keen to continue plying his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I am happy here and I hope to be here for many years," Benzema said via Sky Sports.

"I thank the people in Madrid for being there for me and my family. Thanks to everybody because they are part of my life and we are going to be used to winning titles."

AS Roma's Kostas Manolas (L) in action with Real Madrid Karim Benzema .AS Roma's Kostas Manolas (L) in action with Real Madrid Karim Benzema .

Both English clubs will be disappointed, if they were indeed interested.

For Arsenal, there's an urgency from the fanbase for the club to replace Olivier Giroud with a goalscorer in the world-class bracket, while Benzema helped Mourinho to moderate success during his three-year stint at Real, leaving in 2013.

Manchester United, though, have far more striking options than the Gunners, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney all capable of taking the number nine role.

Mourinho gestures as he walks towards his house in LondonMourinho gestures as he walks towards his house in London

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